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JIPMER opens robotic surgical simulation centre

Puducherry: JIPMER has set up a robotic surgical simulation training centre that would help surgeons hone skills before moving on to performing robotic procedures on patients.

The simulation centre has ultrasound scan simulator, three virtual reality laparoscopic surgery simulators with real touch feeling, advanced ROSS robotic surgery trainer and nursing care simulator.

The centre has been established in the institute’s department of surgical gastroenterology. The facility has been established at a cost of Rs 5.8 crore. The machines came from USA, France, Canada and Israel.

Dr S C Parija, director, JIPMER, said, “The robotic surgery simulator will teach skill exercises to surgeons so that they are well versed with the technique of robotic surgery before they operate on the patients.”

JIPMER is expected to upgrade to full-fledged robotic surgery with the arrival of state-of-the-art equipment, comprising robotic arms, patient console and monitor in about three months, reports The Hindu.

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