Prashanth Hospitals ‘First in India’ to Introduce a Breakthrough Technology for Super Microsurgery
Chennai, September 6 th , 2017: Prashanth Hospitals, one of Chennai's leading and state-of- the-art Super
specialty hospital brings a cutting edge technology for the first time in India by introducing the ‘40x
Microscope’, a break-through solution for surgeries which require high precision. This was announced by
Dr. C. Geetha Haripriya, Chairperson, Prashanth Hospitals at a press conference today.
The ‘40x Microscope’ with magnification capability of 40 times the normal naked eye vision is used for
connecting blood vessels and repairing nerves in the field of Microsurgery, which is in vogue today. This
new high-tech microscope also enables surgeons in viewing the lymphatic vessels underneath the skin and
sub-millimeter blood vessels which can be repaired under 40 x magnifications, thus resulting in rightly
naming the procedure as ‘Super Microsurgery’.
Commenting on this pioneering technology, Dr. C. Geetha Haripriya, Chairperson, Prashanth
Hospitals said, “We have always believed in providing the best and the most advanced treatment to all
our patients. The 40x microscope is revolutionary and will immensely boost the clinical and surgical
treatments provided at our hospital, further proving beneficial for doctors and also bolstering the use of
innovative and cost effective techniques to treat our patients.”
The 40x microscope which has a ICG Dye based Near Infrared (NIR) Camera will assist surgeons while
performing complicated surgeries like Plastic surgery, Breast surgery, Diabetic foot surgery and
Neurosurgery and also on those with Brain Aneurysm, proving to be a lifeline for patients with
complicated health conditions.
Babies with finger tip amputations will enormously benefit from this new technological advancement as it
involves high precision and expertise.
There are instances, when doctors have to perform surgery on very thin flimsy sub-millimeter ‘Lymphatic
Vessels’ as in the case of persistent Lymphedema following surgery on breast cancer patients. These
patients will benefit from a feature of the new operating microscope, made specifically keeping
Lymphedema Surgery in mind that increases the magnification to 40 times than normal.
With this new operating microscope, doctors will be able to perform the below mentioned medical
procedures which were near impossible earlier:
– Lympho-venous bypass for upper limb edema in Breast Cancer survivors.
– Super thin micro vascular free flaps for skin defects of hand and face.
– Distal most fingertip injuries.
– ‘Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy’ in Breast Conservation Therapy for Breast Cancer patients. The same
technique can also be used for Pelvic Tumors.
Aneurysms in Brain
The new ICG Dye based NIR Camera helps in assessing the effectiveness of surgery while placing small
metallic clips along the neck of the Aneurysm (Abnormally Dilated Blood Vessel) that prevents blood
from entering into the aneurysm sac so that it can no longer pose a risk for bleeding.
Also, patients with the rare Moyamoya Disease will benefit from this 40x magnification feature, where
bypass surgery can be done to increase blood supply beyond the constricted blood vessels.
Diabetic Foot surgery:
Dr. G. B. Rajan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Prashanth hospital’s Lymphedema Clinic said that the
new ICG Dye NIR Camera technology can also be of help to common Diabetic Foot patients to assess
Tissue Perfusion, especially the forefoot and toes.
Dr. P. Ravishankar, Onco Surgeon said “ICG Dye and NIR Camera combination is a boon for sentinel
node (the first few lymph nodes into which the lymphatic’s drain) biopsy which is a surgical procedure
used to determine if cancer has spread beyond a primary tumor into the lymphatic system, most
commonly in Breast cancer and Pelvic tumours”.
By using the 40x microscope, doctors also have a much higher chance of identifying tube containing
sperms using Micro TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction), thereby increasing the chance of a man having
his own offspring rather than relying on donors.
Speaking about the first successful super microsurgery aided by the 40x microscope conducted at
Prashanth Hospitals, Dr. Guru Balaji said, “It was a Micro TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction) that was
done on a 38 year old male whose earlier testicular biopsy proved negative sperms. However, under this
40x magnification, full and less translucent seminiferous tubules were identified with ease and the
extracted sperms were then frozen for intracytoplasmic sperm injection technique (ICSI)