RN Tagore Hospital Performs its Maiden Robot-Assisted Bypass Surgery

RN Tagore Hospital, a trusted name in cardiac care in Eastern India, achieves a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first-ever robot-assisted Bypass Surgery (CABG).

The ground-breaking surgery, led by Senior Consultant Dr. Lalit Kapoor and his team of expert cardiac surgeons, using 3D high definition imaging & robotic arms, offered the surgeons greater vision, precision, accuracy & control.

The landmark case involved a 59-year-old patient who arrived at the hospital’s emergency with complaints of severe chest pain. He described a heavy, compressive sensation on his left chest, accompanied with sweating. Having been under medication for diabetes and hypertension for the past seven years, the patient’s angiogram confirmed triple vessel disease (multiple blockages in the heart’s blood vessels), prompting the experienced medical team to recommend robot-assisted Bypass Surgery as the ideal treatment option.

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Lalit Kapoor, the surgical team embarked on the ground-breaking Robot-assisted CABG procedure. This new age technique combines the precision and three-dimensional imaging of the surgical robot with the surgical expertise of the medical team, resulting in unparalleled accuracy and improved patient outcomes.

“In Robot assisted Bypass Surgery, the surgeon wields precise control over the robot’s instruments, enabling incredibly small motions in delicate areas of the chest. The enhanced 3D imaging provided by the robotic technology allows us to navigate with astonishing accuracy and perform complex procedures with ease,” elaborated Dr. Lalit Kapoor, Senior Consultant – Cardiac Surgery at RN Tagore Hospital.

The benefits of robotic-assisted CABG are manifold. “Unlike a traditional open heart surgery which involves a 8 to 10 inch long incision across the chest, a robot assisted hear surgery is carried out through tiny incisions offering benefits like reduced blood loss, quicker recovery, fewer complications & shorter hospital stay” added Dr Kapoor.

According to the expert, the surgical robot’s precision enables more accurate conduit harvest, enhancing the long-term success of the procedure.

The success of the first Robot-assisted CABG case at RN Tagore Hospital is a testament to the commitment of the entire healthcare team, which includes Assistant Consultants- Dr. Dhiraj Barman and Dr. Azhar Sayyed, physician assistant- Rakesh Gayen, anaesthetists- Dr. Rahul Guha Biswas and Dr. Soumitra Mukherjee, perfusionist – Sudipta Sinha, and technician Noor, along with the dedicated nursing staff, Bernadette Topno, Mollikutty Antony, and Kapra Tudu.

Appreciating the team for this landmark achievement, Mr. Abhijit CP, Facility Director at RN Tagore Hospital, said, “We continue to embrace cutting-edge technologies and advance our cardiac care capabilities. With the adoption of new technologies including robot-assisted cardiac surgery, RN Tagore Hospital further solidifies its position as a leading healthcare institution in the region. Our medical expertise combined with advanced technology benefits the patients with better clinical outcomes.”

“There are just a few facilities in India that do robotic surgery on cardiothoracic patients. In Eastern India, we are the pioneer in robotic cardiothoracic surgery. RN Tagore Hospital has amongst the highest number of robotic surgeons in various specialties. Our experienced surgeons have successfully been performing robotic surgeries across specialties such as General Surgery, Urology, Thoracic, Gynecology, and Gastrointestinal (GI),” concluded Mr. R Venkatesh, Group COO, Narayana Health.