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Thirty years ago, Dr Pradeep Chowbey, Chairman at Max Institute of MAMBS, Max Healthcare was among the first to pioneer laparoscopic surgery in India. Laparoscopy changed the patient outcomes significantly with minimal blood loss, minimal pain and early post op recovery. People could be up and about from the very same day and the cosmetic results were also excellent. Dr Chowbey has been the surgeon to many dignitaries including past President’s of India and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Last year, He and his team at Max hospital Saket, took another giant leap with the Next Generation Robot, Versius from CMR Surgical, Cambridge UK. The team has established a world record by completing the maximum number of robotic surgeries in the shortest period. Dr Chowbey and his team previously also hold Limca Book for records consecutively for 20 years in a row and have 90,000+ surgeries to their credit.

“Versius is designed to provide all the advantages of laparoscopic surgery technique with added precision, accuracy & safety. The next generation robot can be used for surgical conditions like Gallbladder stones, Hernia, appendicitis, Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, Bariatric & Metabolic surgery (weight loss surgery), Fundoplication & other procedures”, said Dr Chowbey.

“Now with this next-generation robot, backed by Machine Learning & empowered by Artificial Intelligence, patients get unmatched precision and safety with Surgical Excellence. It enables a 3D view unlike a 2d view in laparscopy which gives a greater depth perception that empowers the surgeon to achieve greater precision with ease. Its robotic arms enable a wide degree of movement for precise & efficient alignment which is not possible with a human arm. This next-gen robot has an open console unlike other robots that have a tunnel like console and the surgeon does not have direct vision of the patient. However, Versius ensures the surgeon has a direct vision of the patient and has wholesome control with close monitoring of the minutest details of the patient during the surgery. The patient is up and about in a couple of hours after the surgery, can be discharged on the same/next day and resume normal diet and activity comfortably”, added Dr Chowbey.

In the month of March 2022, the team has successfully completed 137 surgeries in 22 operating days and the fastest 100 robotic surgeries in just 17 operating days. This record has been published by the World Book of Records, London. This achievement was commemorated on the 14th May evening in Delhi. The evening was blessed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and was graced by many dignitaries

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