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Medtronic, Apollo Hospitals conduct first clinical procedure in Chennai with Hugo RAS system

The Hugo RAS system combines wristed instruments, 3D visualisation, and Touch Surgery Enterprise, cloud-based surgical video capture and management solution

Medtronic and Apollo Hospitals Group announced the first clinical procedure in Asia-Pacific with the Hugo robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) system. The robotic prostatectomy was performed by Dr N Ragavan, consultant urologist, uro-oncologist and robotic surgeon, at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.

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“Today we’re taking another exciting step forward to bring the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to more people in more places,” said Megan Rosengarten, President, Surgical Robotics business, which is part of the Medical Surgical Portfolio, Medtronic. “That’s possible thanks to a shared vision with Apollo Hospitals, the many surgeons and hospital leaders who have partnered with us on this journey, and our dedicated Surgical Robotics team in India and around the globe.”

The Hugo RAS system combines wristed instruments, 3D visualisation, and Touch Surgery Enterprise, cloud-based surgical video capture and management solution, with dedicated support teams specialising in robotics programme optimisation, service, and training. Earlier this year, Medtronic announced that the first urologic and gynecologic procedures with the Hugo RAS system took place in Latin America. Those procedures marked the beginning of the Hugo RAS system patient registry, which is collecting clinical data from those systems as well as the system placed in India to support regulatory submissions around the world.

Madan Krishnan, VP and MD, India Medtronic said, “Medtronic is creating robotic-assisted surgery solutions that are optimised for what clinicians need today and that can be upgraded as the technology evolves and usage expands in the years to come. We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Apollo Hospitals on this exciting milestone and are looking forward to collaborating in advancing access to the latest therapies for patients.”

Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder and Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The technology will complement the excellent clinical expertise garnered by our physicians over the years and is designed to help us enhance patient care.”

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