Experts at a two-day international symposium held at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) discussed the various aspects and benefits of robotic surgery, as well as the need to make it more popular because it hastens recovery and reduces complications.
The first-ever robotic surgery symposium in Pakistan was attended by leading surgeons from the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Pakistani professionals.
It also marked the 1,200th successful procedure at the SIUT’s robotic unit, which opened earlier this year.
SIUT director Prof Adib Rizvi said during a session that robotic surgery was another step forward by dedicated local experts who were not only successfully performing state-of-the-art surgical procedures, but also training fellow professionals from across the country and region.
He reaffirmed SIUT’s commitment to staying current with technology and making it available to those who needed it. “The robotic unit is part of SIUT’s philosophy of providing health insurance at no cost and without discrimination,” he explained.
Following the opening session, there was a panel discussion with international and national experts who discussed the evolution of robotic surgery and techniques in their respective countries.
Prof. Babar Hasan of the SIUT spoke about how meaningful collaboration with international partners can help with diagnosis and prognosis of the Pakistani population. He also emphasized how the SIUT was assisting in the transformation of healthcare practice.
He stated that the institution had simulation labs for teaching new surgical techniques to staff members as well as professionals from across Pakistan.
During a panel discussion, Dr. Khursheed Guru of the United States stated that the next generation of surgeons could use robotic surgery to achieve better outcomes in prostatic and lower urinary tract surgeries.
Dr. Mark Slack of the United Kingdom congratulated the SIUT on pioneering this new field of medical technology.
Dr Rehan Mohsin, Dr Arsalan Khan, Dr Riaz Leghari, Dr Shadab Khan, and Junaid Khan, all from the SIUT, also spoke.