Team Lead: Dr. Ramesh Makam
Lead Institution: Bangalore Endoscopic Surgery Training Institute and Research Centre
Team Countries: India
Team IntelliVision is developing a training module for surgical residents and surgeons to learn to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Dr. Makam expects that when they are able to deliver this surgical training module, surgeons will be able to reduce pain and bleeding, as well as a quicker recovery, in patients through the use of laparoscopic techniques.
“The Discovery Award will provide not only financial support to help us achieve our goal, but also moral support from experts around the world,” says Dr. Ramesh Makam. “We know we will be able to face whatever technical challenges we may come across through this process.”
Research shows that laparoscopic cholecystectomy — surgery to remove the gallbladder — has a number of benefits over a traditional open technique. Patients have a better postoperative outcome, less pain and reduced bleeding. Many patients in low and middle income countries often do not have access to this minimally invasive procedure and, therefore, do not benefit from the benefits.
Team Intellivision, based in India, is aiming to teach surgical residents and practicing surgeons how to perform this common procedure laparoscopically. This technique, which uses very small incisions, has become the gold standard for the treatment of gallbladder disease in high income countries.
Their approach will be to develop three modules that focus on knowledge acquisition, cognitive skills and surgical skills. They are using several technologies to achieve this, including a learning management system, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and bioprinting.
“We are thrilled not only to have the financial support of the Discovery Award,” says Dr. Makam Ramesh, who works at the Bangalore Endoscopic Surgery Training Institute and Research Center, the team’s lead institution. “We are also looking forward to the support and mentoring from technical experts from across the globe.”