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16 October, 2019 - 14:25 By Tony Quested

World leading Indian hospital first to take CMR robotic system

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar Versius

Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune, India, has become the first hospital in the world to procure Versius®, a next-generation surgical robotic system from Cambridge’s newest billion dollar business – CMR Surgical.

A range of surgical procedures have already been conducted using Versius® at the world-renowned centre for keyhole surgery, under the leadership of Dr Shailesh Puntambekar.

Dr Puntambekar is an international pioneer in surgery and renowned for his advanced laparoscopic skills. He is also responsible for training laparoscopy to surgeons from all over the world, helping to bring the benefits of minimal access surgery to patients globally. 

Laparoscopy is an operation performed in the abdomen or pelvis using small incisions with the aid of a camera. 

Dr Puntambekar has led the way in bringing surgical robotics to India, having performed robotic-assisted surgery in the country for more than a decade.  He said: “As an experienced surgeon in robotic assisted surgery I think that there is significant potential for Versius® to further increase access to laparoscopic surgery for my patients, so it was a natural choice to acquire this system. 

“Versius®, as a small and cost-effective system is well suited for meeting the high surgical demand in India. We are excited to bring the next-generation surgical robot to India.”

Mark Slack, chief medical officer at CMR Surgical added: “This is an important milestone in bringing the benefits of minimal access surgery to all. We are pleased to be working with a centre that has some of the best surgeons in the world, meeting a high surgical demand.”

The commercial introduction of Versius® also marks the launch of the world’s first clinical registry for a surgical robotic system. The registry is part of CMR Surgical’s commitment to post-market surveillance as part of the IDEAL framework and a responsible introduction of a medical device. 

The clinical registry managed by CMR Surgical, working in partnership with customers, is recording and monitoring the patient outcomes of all procedures conducted using the technology in order to ensure patient safety.

Outcome measures being recorded include: operative time, length of stay, return to hospital within 30 days, and return to operating room within 24 hours.

As Business Weekly reported at the time of CMR Surgical’s recent $240m Series C round, the system is expected to be introduced in hospitals across Europe later in 2019.

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