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India becomes first country to perform telerobotic coronary surgery

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 07, 2018, 11.52 AM (IST)

At a time when the country is facing a serious dearth of doctors with escalating prices of healthcare services, Doctor Tejas Patel from Gujarat created history by performing the world's first telerobotic surgery.

Doctor Patel performed a first telerobotic coronary intervention at a middle-aged woman patient who was 32 kilometres away in Ahmedabad.

Gujarat chief minister hailed the historic achievement and said that it was a path-breaking day for humanity.

The Telerobotic surgery requires fool-proof internet infrastructure.

While it might be a milestone worth celebrating there are several challenges to the new development.

The surgery is quite expensive at present but the doctors hope the procedure will become affordable in the next few years.

The procedure is not cost effective and the patient still needs a competent doctor around when the one performing the surgery is miles away.

Thirdly India needs to ensure reliable internet connectivity for making further developments in the telerobotic surgery.