In a major boost to advanced surgical procedures in the Northeast, the Association of the Robotic and Innovative Surgeons (ARIS), the country's first robotic surgeons association, was formally launched by Assam Cabinet minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in Guwahati on Saturday.
ARIS president, Dr Subhash Khanna said that, it is unprecedented that many international associations have expressed interest to tie up with the association to groom surgeons in robotics.
"Our aim is to provide advanced treatment and healthcare to patients in Assam itself instead of going to Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore. We want to help patients from economically disadvantaged families from our end," Khanna told mediapersons.
Robotic surgery, according to ARIS, is the new future of surgery across the globe with recent advances in equipment and effective surgical techniques paving the way for minimally invasive surgeries.
The advantages of robotic surgery over standard surgical approaches are prompt recovery, relatively lower rate of postoperative infections, decreased pain, improved postoperative immune function, et al.
ARIS president, Dr Subhash Khanna said that, it is unprecedented that many international associations have expressed interest to tie up with the association to groom surgeons in roboticsThe new technology is also proven to be cost-effective in the long run when compared with conventional surgical approaches.
"This is great news for Assam and the country or world in general that an advanced surgical technique such as robotic surgery will now be possible in Assam," Cabinet minister Patowary said.
"The association will promote scientific activities in robotics, surgical skills to encourage medical research in the field of robotic surgery. We take pride in Dr Khanna being a pioneer in robotic surgery not just in the region but in the country as well," the minister said
"Besides, the ARIS president and another member will deliver speeches on robotic surgery in the US and UK in the coming days as resource persons," he said, acknowledging the initiative of the founding members to have considered launching the society in Guwahati.
"The Assam government has of late taken a slew of measures to improve healthcare infrastructure and we believed that Guwahati will be up there among the top 10 healthcare tourism destinations in the country," Patowary said.