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UROKOL, Pune commissions robotic urology center

Pune, 16th September 2023: Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the robotic urology center at India’s 3rd largest urology hospital, UroKul-Kulkarni Uro Surgery Institute Pune, today. Member of Legislative Assembly Bhimrao Tapkir was also present at the event. Sudha Mhaiskar & Jayant Mhaiskar of Mhaiskar Foundation, Dr Sanjay Kulkarni & Dr Jyotsna Kulkarni, the founder of UroKul Hospital, Dr Rajesh Deshpande, President of Baner-Balewadi Doctors Association were present on the occasion.

The center named ‘Dattatray P. Mhaiskar Robotic Urology Centre’ is well equipped to provide urological healthcare of the highest quality, with the installation of 4th generation robotic technology, the Da Vinci X, by US-based Intuitive. This significant step highlights UroKul Hospital’s commitment to providing compassionate, world-class healthcare in the field of Urology to all segments of society and addressing critical healthcare needs in Maharashtra, and in the country.

Nitin Gadkari said, “Medical science is changing rapidly due to the introduction of technology and the research that is taking place day by day. In earlier times, one had to go to Delhi or other cities for treatment of serious diseases. Now modern facilities are available in every district. Advanced technology has made complex surgeries easier and cheaper. The Robotic Urology Center set up at UroKul Hospital will make surgery for urinary disorders more convenient and will benefit patients here.

The Mhaiskar family has contributed a lot to the social sector. I had very close relations with Dattatray Mhaiskar since I was PWD minister in the state government. It is a good thing that they donated this robotic center to UroKul Hospital to do surgery on serious diseases like urinary disorders. Many needy patients will benefit from this. A good example of this is public-private partnership. 90 percent of my focus is on social work. So far 40 thousand heart surgeries, 10 thousand people have been given artificial legs. A hospital is being built in memory of my mother, through which the poor will get treatment at a low cost, he added.

Dr Sanjay Kulkarni has traveled to more than 50 countries, teaching arthroplasties. These features have attracted many patients from all over India and the globe to this institute. UroKul is the only center outside the USA and UK that is recognized for its training of Urologists in urethroplasty via a one-year fellowship program of GURS (Society of Genito Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons). Their offerings include surgeries for Penile Urethra, Panurethral Stricture, Bulbar Urethra, Pelvic Fracture Hypospadias etc. UroKul has performed the most number of urethroplasty surgeries in the world.

Commenting on the installation of Da Vinci X at Urokul, Mandeep Singh Kumar, VP & GM – Intuitive India, said, “We are glad to collaborate with UroKul hospital for this significant step to make this advanced surgical technology accessible to urology patients from this region. The demand for robotic-assisted surgery has been on the rise in India over the last few years. This demand has been driven not only by the potential for improved patient outcomes that robotic-assisted surgery can provide but also by the enthusiasm of passionate and skilled surgeons in India for adopting newer technologies and techniques. We are encouraged to see an increasing number of healthcare providers ready to invest in the latest technology for robotic-assisted surgery, particularly the Da Vinci, for its improved patient and clinical outcomes.”

Dr Jyotsna Kulkarni said, “The hospital is equipped with over 5 Operation Theatres, 10 ICUs, 10-bed Hemodialysis facilities, 10 OPD rooms, and 10 outpatient rooms, and is constructed in an area of over 82000 sq ft. The hospital offers treatments at concessional rates, and free for deserving patients. The Da Vinci technology, known for its better patient outcomes, is also associated with lesser pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and even minimal post-operative complications in certain cases. In addition to that, Da Vinci brings across some innovative features including voice and laser guidance systems, a lightweight endoscope, and the same control console and 3D optics system that lets surgeons see into the patients as they operate the device. These benefits go a long way in enabling the surgeon and care teams to provide life-enhancing care for their patients. Punekar News

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