International conference on robotic urological surgery begins in Karachi

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KARACHI: A three-day international conference on “Robotic Surgery in the field of Urology” began at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) here on Monday. Eminent surgeons from the UK and the Netherlands along with a team of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation(SIUT) urologists are taking part in the live operating sessions transmitted through real-time video link at the conference, said a statement.

Inaugurating the conference, SIUT Director Professor Adib Rizvi highlighted the merits of minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery declaring it as a “leading edge technology” which has opened new avenues of providing relief and comfort to patients requiring surgeries.

He said that the SIUT is always committed to acquire and introduce new technologies for the well-being of the patients. He said that the SIUT has come a long way in this regard.

The medical experts who discussed various aspects of robotic surgery said that it involves less painful with less blood loss, limited risk of infection, shorter stay in hospital, quick recovery time and above all, better clinical outcome in many cases.

About 200 surgical cases have been performed through robotic surgery by SIUT and Civil Hospital team during the past six months including cases of urological disorders performed at SIUT.

The visiting surgeons included Professor Muhammad Shamim Khan from Kings College London, Professor Matin Sheirff from Medway Maritime Hospital Kent, Dr Faiz Mumtaz from Royal Free Hospital London, Dr Tariq Tasaddaq from Bedford Hospital, Dr Axel Bexter  from Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. Dr Asad Shahzad and Dr Rehan Mohsin took part in the conference on behalf of SIUT.

The conference was divided into various sessions comprising workshops, live robotic surgeries, panel discussions and training sessions.

Sindh secretary health also participated in the conference and witnessed a live surgery session on the opening day of the conference.

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