HCG, which runs a chain of cancer hospitals, has organised a workshop around robotics.

Called the Robotics Masterclass in association with Vattikutti Foundation, the workshop brought out technological innovations in robotic surgery.

The workshop was broadcast live on the Internet using Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) to ensure optimal academic outreach. VILT technology can connect up to 5,000 people over an interactive video platform and the global audience can interact, learn, understand and share insights on the usage and advances of robotic surgery in cancer care, company officials said.

Further, a Live Surgery was conducted by doctor Vishal Rao – Consultant – Head and Neck – Onco-Surgeon – HCG along with doctor J. Scott Magnuson, pioneer in the field of robotics-assisted head and neck surgery and doctor Kaustubh Patel – Senior Consultant – Head & Neck Surgical Oncology – HCG Ahmedabad, using Virtual Reality and 360-degree video of the HCG OT, with live interaction with an audience located in various parts of the world. The aim was to offer a more realistic and immersive experience to doctors who are keen to learn and study these surgeries better.

The workshop also witnessed the launch of Indian retractors named as ‘Ravi Retractors’, introduced by doctor Vishal Rao. The novel retractor is used particularly to perform neck dissections. The Ravi Retractor was conceptualised to help perform neck dissections and plastic surgery (free flaps) in patients with early oral cancers, where neck nodes are cleared for safety as an oncology protocol.