Pakistan Performs First Ever Successful Robotic Surgery In Karachi

55-year-old woman from Balochistan, had intractable bleeding acquiring multiple transfusions, and her problem was resolved through a medical procedure called hysterectomy

In a first, Pakistan performs the first ever successful robotic surgical procedure at Civil Hospital Karachi. The procedure was performed in OT Complex Civil Hospital Karachi and the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Saturday on a female patient.

It was performed on 55 years old woman from Balochistan, who had intractable bleeding acquiring multiple transfusions. She underwent a surgical procedure called ‘hysterectomy’ through robotic surgery and her uterus was removed through it. The robotics surgery team consisted of Prof Shamim Khan from King’s College London and Dr Kankipati Shanti Raju from Guys and St Thomas Hospitals London. Both performed the successful surgery along with their staff.


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The robotic surgery used in the process is first of its kind used in the country. The experts call it a major breakthrough in the field of robotic surgery in Pakistan, particularly in the field of gynaecology. It will open new avenues of discussions and prospects to experiment in Pakistan;’s robotic surgery field.

The SIUT successfully arranged an international workshop, in which the participants discussed the benefits and impacts of robotic surgery in the field of urology, general surgery and gynaecology. As the team says: “benefits — less pain, less loss of blood and a faster recovery as compared to traditional surgery — the greater use of robotic surgery was needed”.

Robotic surgery offers many advantages compared to traditional open surgery. The benefits for the patients that this updated surgical procedure offers include: shorter hospitalization, Reduced pain and discomfort, faster recovery time and return to normal activities, smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection, reduced blood loss and transfusions, minimal scarring.

Major advantages for surgeons using robotic surgery include greater visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision. Also

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