Mumbai/Chennai, August 29:- India is home to the largest number of doctors, engineers and software professionals in the world, it can easily reclaim its ancient position as the knowledge hub of the world. Eminent surgeons have urged India to improve its knowledge creation efforts especially in medicine relevant to its social, cultural and economic conditions.
New knowledge creation capabilities that take into account extremes of disease and economic disparities in India will significantly improve patient outcomes. And those creating the new knowledge will become role models for others, said Dr Mahendra Bhandari, Director of Robotic Surgery Research & Education, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, while addressing surgeons at Mumbai.
“The differentiator between a good surgeon and others is the quality of outcomes,” said Bhandari, who has a distinguished career in surgery spanning over 50 years.
Surgeons achieve new breakthroughs in patient outcomes by creating their own benchmarks relevant to the community of patients they serve and not by simply adhering to the existing benchmark elsewhere. “When peers adopt technology created by you, it is an evidence of your knowledge as a professional,” he said.
Patients do not choose surgeons with 99 per cent success rate but those having zero tolerance for errors, Bhandari said, while providing tips for achieving excellence in the field of surgery.
The medical community in India has a bigger and more critical role in treating patients as patients coming from diverse literacy levels here place ‘blind faith’ in doctors despite following a ‘shared decision making’ process in deciding the line of treatment.
Dr TB Yuvaraja felicitated
Speaking to surgeons at a Vattikuti Foundation event to felicitate Dr TB Yuvaraja, Uro-Oncologist and Head of Robotic Surgery at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), Mumbai for doing 1001 robotic surgeries, Dr Bhandari said that what makes the medical community proud is the intelligent manner in which Dr Yuvaraja used his experience to deliver superior patient outcomes. He also lauded how Dr Yuvaraja mentored his team of surgeons to better themselves and wholeheartedly disseminated knowledge with the medical community.
Eminent surgeons Dr M Vijayakumar, Vice Chancellor, Yenepoya University, Mangaluru, Dr Percy Chibber, Senior Urologist, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai and Dr Santosh Shetty, COO, KDAH joined in felicitating Dr Yuvaraja for achieving this landmark.
Dr TB Yuvaraja who specializes in Robotic Uro-Oncology Surgeries, treating prostate, kidney, urinary bladder, testicular and penile cancers is known for devising ‘suspension stitch’ to improve post prostatectomy incontinence and standardizing procedure for Inguinal lymph node dissection.
There are now 275 trained robotic surgeons in the country with access to 51 Surgical Robots across 47 hospitals in India.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)