HNRF Hospital performs first Robotic Kidney Transplant Surgery in Maharashtra

 In yet another major accomplishment, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre (HNRF) successfully conducted the first Robotic Kidney transplant in the state of Maharashtra, with a wife donating the organ to her husband.

 The feat was achieved by a team of doctors, led by Dr Inderbir Gill, Head of Department, Urology and Robotics, HNRF, and MD, Distinguished Professor and Chair, USC Institute of Urology, University of Southern California.

C N Murlidharan (59), a resident of Andheri West, was admitted to the hospital with renal failure. His wife Leena (55) decided to donate her kidney to set him back on the path to recovery. The family was apprised about the latest robotic technology and its benefits, including lesser risk of infection, lesser pain, and a faster return to normalcy. Moreover, it enables greater precision over vascular anastomosis owing to higher magnification and finer scaled movements of robotic instruments. The couple gave the go-ahead, and the robotic surgery was performed on July 2, 2017.

“It has been a privilege to perform Mumbai’s first robotic kidney transplant at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital – the first of its kind in Maharashtra. The entire team worked together seamlessly and we are thrilled that the patient and the donor are doing well and the operation was a great success,” Dr Gill said. 

He added, “With this experience and great outcome, we want to make Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital the primary destination for robotic kidney transplants, not only in Mumbai, but the entire country.”

Dr Gill said that robotic surgery allows kidney transplantation to be performed with great precision, minimal blood loss, and lesser chance of post-operative infection. “This is an advanced procedure performed in very few centres in the world,” he added.

Dr Gustad Daver, Medical Director and Head of Department – Surgery at HNRF, said, “In our endeavour to provide the best possible surgical treatment through advanced technology at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, we have taken another step by carrying out the first robotic renal (kidney) transplant in Mumbai. 

“The team was led by internationally-renowned Robotic Urology Surgeon Dr Inderbir Gill, and comprised Consultant Urologist Dr P P Rao, and Consultant Nephrologists Dr Bharat Shah and Dr Shruti Tapiawala.”

Narrating her experience, Leena said that she and her husband had full faith on the HNRF doctors. “It is the latest procedure involving the benefits of lesser incision, lesser pain, and faster recovery,” she added.

Murlidharan had been on dialysis for the past one-and-a-half years. “I decided to give my kidney for my husband’s normal life,” said Leena, who herself did lots of research before going ahead with the surgery.

Murlidharan, who is on fast track to recovery, said that the robotic surgery involved much lesser pain. “I was initially reluctant, but the doctors convinced me about the benefits. I am happy that I went ahead with it,” he said.

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