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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 185-189

Minimally access laparoscopic and robotic surgery during the COVID-19 era

Department of Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

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Arun Prasad
Department of Minimal Access, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_76_20

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COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has affected all aspects of life including the way we do surgery. While patients are being tested with real-time reverse trancriptase-polymerase chain reaction before admission for elective surgeries, there are a good number of false-negative tests. This has led to the concept of a minimum standard precautions in all the negative cases too. In our unit at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, we have done 84 minimally access laparoscopic and robotic surgeries during the lockdown. This included benign and malignant diseases. No staff in the operation theater (OT) was infected during any of these surgeries. Wearing personal protective equipment and use of smoke evacuation system in a pressure-adjusted OT is the key to safety.

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