Medical Miracle: Gujarat Surgeon Performs Heart Surgery 32 Km Away From Patient

The Logical Indian Crew Gujarat

December 7th, 2018 / 4:42 PM

Image Credits: News18

For the first time in the history of medical science, Ahmedabad surgeon Dr Tejas Patel performed a successful telerobotic surgery administered 32 km away from the patient on December 5. Doctor Patel executed the procedure by sitting in the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, with the help of human telerobotic coronary intervention, reported The Hindu

The robotic surgery

The middle-aged woman, who had previously suffered a heart attack, volunteered to be part of the surgery. The Chief Interventional Cardiologist Tejas Patel conducted the surgery by controlling the robots that perform cardiac surgery on the patient lying in the operation theatre at Apex Heart Institute. As per Times of India, the women underwent angioplasty a few days ago, and now the surgeon removed blockage from another vessel through the robotic procedure. 

Creating milestone in medical science

This method can be path-breaking in medical history and can reduce time spent in the hospitals in rural areas. “With this technology, we began with 32 km away but soon we can treat patients that are 300 or 3000km away. This technology will cover remote areas and cut down on time spent in a hospital,” says Dr Patel to Ahmedabad Mirror

Dr Patel was awarded Padma Shri in 2015 and started ‘The Apex Heart Institute’ in Ahmedabad at Gujarat which is one of the first hospitals to facilitate robotic procedures for heart outside the US. The world‘s first surgery was performed through an extensive and patented technology by Cor Path, developed by an American Corporate, Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. 

What is Robotic Surgery?

With the usage of a hundred megabytes per second internet network, they created an achievement in the medical history. The entire system cost around $1.5 million along with inbuilt artificial intelligence that helps cardiologist note down clinical judgements. The whole process was partnered by both Dr Tejas Patel and Dr Sanjay Shah who helped the cardiologist in stenting procedures.

The robotic system comprises of three parts – a cath lab where an integrated arm is set up, cockpit from where the doctors command the robots with the help of joystick and a convertible cassette that moves the clinical materials for each case. Moreover, Cor Path’s GRX‘s robotic stenting established at the hospital is said to facilitate accuracy of sub-1mm against the human surgeon’s 5-10mm.

The Logical Indian congratulates Dr Tejas Patel for successfully conducting the surgery. We hope that such technology will help bridge the geographical barriers and facilitate surgeries in remote areas of the country, where basic medical healthcare is still lacking.

Also Read: Indore Doctors Conduct Miracle Surgery By Growing A Boy’s Nose On His Forehead


Written by : Sahana S (Student, IIJNM)

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

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