KARACHI - A three-day international conference on “Robotic Surgery in the field of Urology” began at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) here on Monday.

Eminent surgeons from the UK and Netherlands along with team of SIUT urologists are taking part in live operating sessions transmitted through real time video link at the conference. A number of lectures and discussions were held at SIUT and live surgery at new OT complex Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital.

Inaugurating the conference, Director SIUT Prof Adib Rizvi highlighted the merits of minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery and declared it as “leading edge technology” which has opened new avenues of providing relief and comfort to surgical patients. He pointed that SIUT was always totally committed to acquire and introduce new technologies for the well-being of patients. He said SIUT had come a long way in this regard.

According to medical experts, robotic surgery is less painful with less blood loss, limited risk of infection, shorter stay in hospital, quick recovery time and above all better clinical outcome in many cases.

So far some 200 surgical cases have been performed through robotic surgery by SIUT and Civil Hospital team during past six months including cases of urological disorders at SIUT.

The visiting surgeons, who are taking part in the conference included Prof Muhammad Shamim Khan from Kings College London, Prof Matin Sheirff from Medway Maritime Hospital Kent, Dr Faiz Mumtaz from Royal Free Hospital London, Dr Tariq Tasaddaq from Bedford Hospital, Dr Axel Bexter from Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. Dr Asad Shahzad and Dr Rehan Mohsin were faculty from SIUT.  Conference was divided into various sessions comprising workshops, live robotic surgeries, panel discussions and training sessions.

The Sindh Secretary Health also witnessed the live surgery session on the opening day of the conference.