The Hush Post|10:45 am| 1-min-read
A team of paediatric surgeons from PGIMER have successfully treated a two-day-old newborn using a robot.
This is the first time in Asia that such a young baby has been operated on using robotic facility, a statement issued by Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research said.
The baby was born without a food pipe. The problem was detected when he was unable to take milk feed. This medical condition is known as oesophageal atresia. Conventionally, an operation is conducted to open the chest to repair the food pipe within first two-three days after birth.
The baby weighed only 2,500 grams at the time of birth. He was born at a multi-specialty hospital in Sector 16, Chandigarh.
The infant’s father is a security guard. So, PGIMER provided free treatment to the baby. “The baby has fully recovered and is taking feeds and has gone home,” the statement read.
“This is a very advanced surgery in which the oesophageal reconstruction is done so early in life,” the statement said.
More than 250 such cases are operated on annually at PGIMER Chandigarh, which include procedures like open and laparoscopic surgeries.
However, the surgical team used robotic surgery to repair this difficult condition for the first time.
The medical team
The team was led by Dr Ravi Kanojia and anaesthetist Professor Neerja Bhardwaj. They were supported by Dr Anudeep, Dr Swapnil, Dr Monika, and the Head of the Paediatric Surgery Department, Prof Ram Samujh.
After the surgery, the baby was looked after by the neonatology team comprising Dr Surya and Prof Praveen Kumar.