Date: 25th August, 2016, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, is the acknowledged pioneer of cutting-edge healthcare solutions in Eastern India. Continuing with a tradition of delivering world-class excellence and state-of-the-art medical knowledge, the hospital hosted a live robotic surgery workshop for head and neck cancers. This is possibly the first time that such a workshop has been organized in this part of the country.

The lead faculty for the daylong workshop hosted at the advanced surgical facilities of Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata was the renowned head and neck onco surgeon Dr Yoon Woo Koh, Professor at Seoul's Yonsei College of Medicine, Yonsei Head and Neck Cancer Centre, and Severance Hospitals. He performed the demonstrations in association with Dr Sukrit Bose, ENT - Head & Neck Onco Surgeon, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, who was also the convenor and course director for the event, attended by over fifty specialist head and neck onco surgeons from across the country.

Dr Bose noted, "This interactive workshop facilitated a fruitful interaction between Prof Koh and our surgeons, and was a great opportunity for the dissemination of knowledge about latest advancements in the domain. Robotic surgery represents a significant advancement over traditional open thyroidectomy, and offers a scar less, more aesthetic outcome for head and neck surgeries. The minimally invasive procedure is also a viable option for people with a history of poor wound healing. We hope that this detailed workshop would translate into a major positive impact on the treatment of patients affected by difficult or recurrent cases of head and neck tumours."

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, "The menace of head and neck cancer continues to threaten the very basis of our ideals of healthy society. It accounts for about 30 - 40 per cent of all instances of the dreaded disease in India, and looks set to register an overall 75 per cent rise in the coming years. The availability of such advanced treatment options like robotic surgery can prove to be particularly effective in turning back the challenge posed by head and neck cancers, and help build a world free of the ravages of this ailment. We are happy at the outcome from the workshop, and look to host more such sessions in the future."

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