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Vattikuti Foundation sets up knowledge-sharing body for joint replacement surgeons

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To provide digital resources as well as exchange knowhow

Detroit-based non-profit Vattikuti Foundation, has set up a knowledge-sharing body for surgeons specialising in joint replacement surgery. The Joint Replacement Surgeons Council of India, will offer experienced practicing orthopaedic surgeons a forum to exchange knowledge on advanced techniques. As for young surgeons, it will provide them with a variety of digital resources so as to significantly upgrade their joint replacement skills to be accomplished robotic surgeons.

Explains Dr Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation, “We have conceived Joint Replacement Surgeons Council to bring knowledge creators together and to move towards evidence-based medicine.”

He pointed out that “Vattikuti Foundation has played a significant role in evangelising robotic surgery for soft tissue ailments in India by providing fora for surgeons for learning from global experts, training themselves and sharing their expertise with other surgeons.”

“Vattikuti Foundation is proud to have trained over 300 robotic surgeons in India by bringing in 150 mentors from outside the country in the last 10 years,” said Dr Bhandari who also serves as director of Robotic Surgery Education and Research at Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, USA.

The Detroit-Michigan-based Foundation has acted as a catalyst in fuelling the growth of robotic surgery in the last one decade by helping surgeons to become accomplished in the new technology. Many Indian surgeons have created robotic surgery procedures that have been adopted by surgeons world-wide.

Now through the Joint Replacement Surgeons Council in India, Vattikuti Foundation plans the replicate the success of Robotic Surgeons of Council, continuing its relentless focus in this key area.

At the first Joint Replacement Council meeting held in Gurugram recently, Dr Thomas Coon, Founder and Medical Director of Coon Joint Replacement Institute, San Francisco, California, described how Mako Robotic System for hip and Knee surgery is transforming the way hip and knee replacements are performed.

Although the robotic surgery may cost more for the patients, surgeons say the reduced revisions and the better surgical outcomes will in the long run result in cost savings.

Mako utilises a CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy to create a surgical plan that is personalised to the patient. The only robotic-arm assisted surgical technology equipped with haptic guidance, Mako has demonstrated in a cadaveric study more accurate bone resection to plan compared to manual instrumentation, enabling surgeons to limit soft tissue damage by providing visual, auditory, and tactile feedback limiting sawblade action outside of the haptic boundary.

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