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Delhi: Doctors perform first successful robotic renal transplant at centre-run Safdarjung hospital

The doctors at centre-run Safdarjung hospital in Delhi have successfully performed a robotic renal transplant on a patient who was on dialysis and awaiting the transplant for years. 

The patient, 39 years old, was from Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukabad. His wife is the donor. The transplant was done under Safdarjung hospital and VMMC, by a team of doctors headed by Prof (Dr) Anup Kumar, Head of Department, Department of Urology, Robotics and Renal Transplant.

The doctors claimed to be the first such surgery to have been performed at a central government facility in the country. 

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“The nephrology team was led by Dr Himanshu Verma, HOD Nephrology. The Anaesthesia team was led by Dr Madhu Dayal. This was made possible by all administrative support of Medical superintendent SJH and VMMC Prof (Dr) BL Sherwal,” Dr Anup Kumar said.

“The recipient is a young male from Farrukabad and was waiting for a Renal transplant for many years while on dialysis. He did not have financial support to get the transplant done from a private centre. The donor is his wife and both recipient and donor are doing excellent post-surgery. This has been a landmark milestone in the history of SJH.” he further said.

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Dr Anup Kumar also said that a Robotic renal transplant is the most technically challenging surgery in Urology as it requires excellent expertise in Robotics as well as Renal Transplant surgery.

Talking about the procedures and complications, Dr Anup said, “It was a robotic kidney transplant. The surgeon sits on a console and his hand movements are transmitted to robotic arms docked over the patient through a fibre cable. The renal artery renal vein and ureter anastomoses were performed by a robotic system.”

The surgery costs six to seven lakhs in private hospitals, said Dr Kumar. 

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