Cancer surgeons at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Secunderabad have conducted a robotic surgery on a 36-year-old male patient who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Before being diagnosed for pancreatic cancer, the patient was already undergoing chemotherapy for acute promyelocytic leukaemia, senior surgical oncologist, KIMS, Dr Madhu Devarasetti, who led the robotic surgery, said.
“The patient contracted jaundice but was diagnosed after 2 to 3 months. Biopsy revealed that the patient also had pancreatic cancer. Instead of an invasive surgery, we decided to employ robotic surgery. The post-operative biopsy report, in this case, was also very good. Usually, we extract 12 lymph nodes. But in this case, we extracted 37 lymph nodes, which translates into complete removal of cancer from his pancreas,” he said.
The patient was in ICU for a day and later shifted to a room and was discharged after the 5th day of the surgery. In the near future, such patients will be shifted to a recovery room directly from the operation theatre, instead of ICU, Dr Madhu said.
“In an open invasive surgery, we keep the patient in the ICU for at least 2 days. If we opt for open surgery in pancreatic cancers, making sutures is a tough job and the prognosis also is very bad. In robotic surgery, we don’t face any such issues,” Dr Madhu added.
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