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Highly acclaimed robotic surgeon Dr. Mani Menon visits Kolkata

25th Nov 2011

Vattikuti Foundation

A press conference was organized in Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in honor of the visit of the world renowned Dr. Mani Menon, a pioneer in robotic surgery. He along with his team of doctors is visiting the city as part of the six city road show, organized by Vattikuti Foundation of USA. The objective of this visit is to generate awareness about the need and scope of robotic procedures in India & to highlight the importance of diagnosis of early malignant prostate cancer.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, said

Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation said, “Surgical robots are gradually making inroads into the Indian operation theatre. It is a new and exciting emerging technology that is taking the surgical profession by storm. It is an established practice abroad which is now slowly gaining momentum in our country. Robot-assisted surgery has proven to have various advantages over the conventional methods of surgery. The process has greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access for the surgeon.”


Dr. Menon, Director of Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA talked about how surgery as a discipline has evolved over the last numerous years, highlighting the importance of innovation in surgery. Talking about the marvel called ‘surgical robots’, he said, “It was one of the best tools for a surgeon. There is no peering over the patient, no fear of trembling of hands, or worries over accuracy. He further added that, “The benefits for the patients include a shorter hospital stay, lesser pain, lesser risk of infection and lesser blood loss in addition to fewer transfusions, lesser scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. The biggest USP of this method of surgery is effortless maneuvering and brilliant visualization. Surgical robots hold significant promise and have already proven to be of great value, particularly in areas inaccessible to conventional laparoscopic procedures.”


The road show is being followed by a multi-specialty robotic surgery conference, brought to India for the first time-The Vattikuti Global Robotics 2012, to be held from 13 – 15 January 2012 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. The focus will be on robotic surgery, highlighting the current status and future of robotic surgery in the multi-specialty areas like Urology, Gynecology, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, ENT, Head and Neck, and General Surgery. Select few participants at this conference will have the unique opportunity to have a direct interface with the Robot at the Venue if they register before November 30, 2011.

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About Vattikutti Foundation:

The Vattikuti Foundation is a non-profit corporation working for philanthropic causes in the fields of Education, Healthcare, Disaster Relief and Scientific Programming. It initially began its stint with the state of Michigan and is gradually penetrating the whole world. The Vattikuti Foundation is committed to making robotic surgery and other technologically advanced medical procedures of the future cost effective and available to underprivileged communities. It has partnered with hospitals around the world to create a network of institutes. These institutions are well developed, highly experienced and specialize in the areas of urology, cardiac surgery, gynecology, ENT, surgical oncology, and gastro and hepato-billary surgery.

The Vattikuti Foundation Robotic Surgery Institute (VFRSI) offers robotic- assisted procedures that represent the latest developments in minimally invasive surgical techniques. The Robotic surgery provides surgeons with a precision tool that uses the same small incisions as conventional laparoscopy. These procedures are used to treat various conditions covering several specialties.

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