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Man treated for Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome by robotic surgery

Ahmedabad surgeon performs India’s first robotic surgery for a rare medical condition

Eminent gastro-intestinal surgeon Dr Apurva Vyas of Sterling Hospitals successfully performed a unique robotic surgical procedure on a 37-year old patient to relieve him of acute pain caused by a rare condition of Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. The patient’s weight was 60 kilograms, much below the normal weight of a person his height of 185 cm.

This is the first such procedure to be conducted in India using the da Vinci surgical robot. It is reported to be the third in the world.

The medical condition, found in one among 100,000 humans, is referred to as ‘Celiac Artery Compression Syndrome’ and is characterised by abdominal pain from compression of the celiac artery.

Celiac artery compression can be loosely compared to a heart attack-like situation of the digestive system. The patient suffers severe pain as soon as he starts eating and is never able to eat enough for the body’s needs. Because the condition is so rare it is near impossible to diagnose quickly.

The celiac artery supplies oxygenated blood to the digestive system–the stomach, liver, spleen and the part of the oesophagus that reaches into the abdomen. In …

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