Bangalore, September 14 2022: Dr Sandeep Nayak, Director, Surgical Oncology, Fortis Cancer Institute, Bangalore, along with other surgeons from the US and Spain was named among the top three winners in the KS International Robotic Surgery Innovation competition by Michigan based Robotic Surgery evangelist Vattikuti Foundation.
he three winners were chosen from 100 global entries from the specialities of Urology, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, Colorectal, Head & Neck, Paediatric, Cardiothoracic, and joint replacement surgeries. Participants using new robotic surgical platforms were also considered.
For ‘Robotic Infraclavicular Approach for Minimally Invasive Neck Dissection’ the second award went to Dr Sandeep Nayak.
Dr. Nayak innovated a robotic technique to perform very major cancer surgery of the head and neck to clear the lymph nodes in the neck with quick patient recovery and minimal discomfort.
The winning entry of Dr Jihad Kaouk, Department of Urology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA’s entry ‘Single Port Robot-Assisted Kidney Transplantation Extraperitoneal Approach’ was judged worthy of first award.
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, Fundació Puigvert, Barcelona, Spain for their entry of ‘3-D Augmented Reality Guided Robotic Assisted Kidney Transplantation’.
Mr Raj Vattikuti, president of Vattikuti Foundation, entrepreneur, philanthropist said beginning with the first robotic surgery at Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, USA in early 2000s for prostate cancer with the help of Dr Mani Menon, surgeons and fellows from all over the world continue to set new standards.The pioneering team worked with the robot maker, Intuitive, to cover all body parts for all kinds of cancer. The procedures developed all over the world are making a remarkable difference and impact on the patients, said Mr Vattikuti adding that he was proud to be part of this journey.
Robotic surgery is known to brings precision in a surgical procedures where soft tissue and tumours are involved. Benefits of robotic surgery are driven by faster patient recovery and improved patient outcomes.