After, a multidisciplinary team of surgeons led by an Indian-origin professor from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine performed the first-ever robot-assisted spinal surgery in the world to successfully remove a rare tumour from the neck of the patient. This is considered a remarkable progress in the field of medicine. The procedure was applied to remove a rare chordoma tumour from the patients’ neck, where the skull meets the spine.
What surgeons did
Chordoma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine. A chordoma tumour usually grows slowly and is often asymptomatic for years. It is extremely rare and it affects only one in a million people each year. “This would be a first ever use of a robot in this manner , a rare approach to an already rare and complex case,” Neil Malhotra, an assistant professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery said in a statement. It was a three-part, two-day complex procedure. “Our team needed to reconstruct the removed area of patient’s spine using bone and rods, and that was only the beginning,” Neil Malhotra, an assistant professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery said in a statement. Recovered after the surgery, the patient is back to work in commercial contracting. His case was now presented for thev scientific world.