Visakhapatnam: Human error in total knee and hip replacement surgeries can be eliminated by Robot-assisted joint replacement surgeries which are common in the United States of America.
Talking to press persons here on Monday, orthopaedic surgeon S Sasibhushana Rao said that conventional knee replacement surgeries are being done in India with a success rate of around 90 per cent. These latest robotic-assisted surgeries could ensure 99 per cent accuracy and the chances of failure can be almost ruled out.
“Over 80 knee replacements are done in HSS every day and the robot-assisted surgery costs between $60,000 and $1 lakh but the people there can afford the high cost as all patients are covered by health insurance,” Dr Rao, who is the first Telugu surgeon to undergo training in Robotic and Computer Navigation from Padma Bhushan Dr Chitranjan Ranawat at the Hospital for Special Surgeries (HSS) in New York from October 1 to December 31, 2016, told reporters on his return here.
He said that Ranawat became famous when he had performed the knee replacement surgery for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Ranawat Research Foundation, New York, was providing fellowships from across the world since 1986.
Ranawat, who hails from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, had settled in the US about five decades ago and his Foundation had been selecting three doctors from India during the last 30 years.
Rao had completed his graduation from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, in 2001. He was the all-India topper in post-graduation MS (Orthopaedics from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and is presently a Professor of Orthopaedics at the Maharaja Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) in Vizianagaram.
On the prospects of robot-assisted joint replacements in India, he said that it was still a long way to go. While conventional knee replacement surgeries cost between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, robot-assisted surgeries are estimated to cost around Rs 1 crore.
However, he hoped that the cost of robot-assisted surgeries would come down over a period of time and more patients in India could also afford it. At present, robot-assisted knee replacement surgeries are done in a small way at the Army Hospital in New Delhi and at some corporate hospitals in Mumbai.