SIUT Hosts Nation’s First-Ever Robotic Surgery Symposium – Journal
KARACHI: Experts at a two-day international symposium held at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) discussed various aspects and benefits of robotic surgery and the need to make it more popular as it speeds up the recovery process and helps minimize complications.
The event – the first-ever robotic surgery symposium in Pakistan – brought together eminent surgeons from the US and UK, as well as Pakistani professionals.
It also marked the milestone of more than 1,200 successful interventions at the SIUT robotics unit, which opened this year.
Speaking at a session, SIUT Director Prof. Adib Rizvi said robotic surgery was another step forward by dedicated local experts, who not only successfully perform state-of-the-art surgical procedures, but also trained professional colleagues across the country and region.
He reiterated SIUT’s desire to keep abreast of the latest technologies and ensure its availability to those who need it. “The robotic unit is in line with SIUT’s philosophy of providing free health coverage without any discrimination,” he said.
The opening session was followed by a round table of international and national experts during which they shared the evolution of surgery and robotic techniques in their respective countries.
Professor Babar Hasan from SIUT spoke about the diagnosis and prognosis of the Pakistani population through significant collaboration with international partners. He also highlighted how SIUT facilitated the transformation of healthcare practice.
The institution, he said, has maintained simulation labs to provide training in new surgical techniques for staff members as well as professionals across Pakistan.
Taking part in a panel discussion, Dr. Khursheed Guru from the United States said that the next generation of surgeons could embrace robotic surgery and achieve better results in prostate and lower urinary tract surgeries.
Dr. Mark Slack from the UK completed SIUT by pioneering this new area of medical technology.
Others who also spoke included Dr. Rehan Mohsin, Dr. Arsalan Khan, Dr. Riaz Leghari, Dr. Shadab Khan and Junaid Khan, all from SIUT.
Posted in Dawn, November 5, 2022