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Opera Electronique

The Escorts Heart Institute leads the way again with Asia's first robot-assisted coronary artery bypass

Opera Electronique
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Opera Electronique
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
It's just another busy day at Delhi's Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre. And it's business as usual inside the sprawling operation theatre number 8 that looks straight out of a Michael Jackson music video with its seamless, gleaming bone-white bacteria-resistant paint walls and sleek, built-in computer screens. On the table is 49-year-old Raman Kumar, just another one in a long list of patients wheeled in here for regulation coronary artery bypass surgery. For the state-of-the-art, 320-bed heart clinic that has done 35,000-odd cardiac surgical procedures out of its nine operation theatres in the past 14 years of its existence, another bypass job is really no big deal.

But this afternoon, there's a buzz markedly different from the usual op room tedium: a dozen gowned surgeons, assistants and nurses are poring over instruments and papers, talking animatedly. More importantly, the crowded surgery is even looking a bit, wait, actually a lot different: in the maze of heart-and-lung and echocardiogram machines, sterile instrument racks and trays, anaesthetists'...
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