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Upbeat vibe in Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences as it becomes India’s first govt hospital to perform robotic surgeries 

The introduction of Robotic Surgery System in Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, will enable surgeons to operate with exceptional accuracy (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@BRSHarish)

The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences located in Hyderabad, Telangana, achieved the singular distinction of becoming the first Government tertiary hospital in India to introduce the state-of-the-art robotic surgery system.

The system was unveiled by T. Harish Rao, the State Health Minister at the operation theatres in the speciality block of NIMS. The cost of the equipment is estimated to be Rs.35 crore.

This innovative technology in the hospital will enable surgeons to have precise control over robotic hands during surgical procedures. By using the computer screen for guiding them during the surgery, the doctors can operate with exceptional accuracy.

To ensure that the system seamlessly becomes an integral part of the hospital, the Telangana Government had a group of 20 doctors trained rigorously in handling the equipment.

Dr. Rahul Devraj, Professor and Head of Department of Urology at NIMS has been made in-charge of the training programme of Robotic Surgical System. He will oversee the coordination with the faculty and other nursing staff for proper training to operate the system and also supervise the maintenance of the equipment.

The introduction of this system is part of the State Government’s efforts to transform NIMS into a centre-of-excellence institution. Rao talking to the media said that K. Chandrashekhar Rao, the CM had specially allocated a grant of Rs.154 crore for NIMS so that high-end medical equipment could be bought.

NIMS has been undergoing major upgradation work in the last few years. Its total bed strength has been increased from 900 to 1,800 beds. The CM recently laid foundation stone for construction of 2,000-bed NIMS super-specialty hospital. This will make the total bed strength of NIMS 4,000.