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US, India Surgeons Win Robotic Surgery Innovation Awards

US, India Surgeons Win Robotic Surgery Innovation Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) – Robotic surgeons from the US, India, and Spain were named the top three winners in the KS International Robotic Surgery Innovation competition, as robotic surgery slowly becomes mainstream.

The winners were selected by an international jury from Oxford and Stanford Universities, and New Delhi based AIIMS, from the fields of urology, gynecology, general surgery, hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, colorectal, head and neck, pediatric, and joint replacement surgeries.

The winning entry of Dr Jihad Kaouk, department of urology, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio was titled ‘Single Port Robot-Assisted Kidney Transplantation Extraperitoneal Approach’ in the unique competition organized by Michigan-based robotic surgery evangelist Vattikuti Foundation. Kaouk and his team modified the technique of robotic kidney transplant developed at the Vattikuti Urology Institute and Medanta Medicity. Kaouk used a da Vinci single port robot for truly minimally invasive surgery.

For ‘Robotic Infraclavicular Approach for Minimally Invasive Neck Dissection,’ the second award went to Dr Sandeep Nayak, Director, Surgical Oncology, Fortis Cancer Institute, Bengaluru.  Nayak innovated a robotic technique to perform very major cancer surgery of the head neck to clear the lymph nodes in the neck with quick patient recovery and minimal discomfort.

The third award went to a team of Dr Alberto Piana, Dr Paolo Verri, and Dr Alberto Breda of Oncology Urology and Kidney Transplant Surgery, Fundacio Puigvert, Barcelona, Spain for their entry of ‘3D Augmented Reality Guided Robotic Assisted Kidney Transplantation.’

The KS National Robotic Surgery Video competition has been organized since 2015 by the US based Vattikuti Foundation. 

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