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Honourable Health Minister of TN Inaugurates ‘GEM Laparoscopic & Robotic Institute for Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction’

A Speciality Centre for Hernia Care


Chennai, 11th July 2021: Thiru Ma. Subramaniam, Honourable Minister for Health & Family Welfare, today inaugurated ‘GEM Laparoscopic & Robotic Institute for Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction’ at GEM Hospital Chennai, which is a comprehensive Speciality Centre for Hernia Care.


Thiru Ma. Subramaniam congratulated GEM doctors for opening a speciality care centre for Hernia and constantly striving to excel in providing the best healthcare services, and said, “Hernia is a most common surgical problem affecting all age groups and most commonly the labourers and agriculture workers. Laparoscopic repair reduces recurrence, recovery is faster and helps in early return to routine work which is very important to daily labourers for their day today living.”He appreciated Dr Palanivelu for introducing Laparoscopic Hernia Repair first time in India at Coimbatore and also providing training to other surgeons from around the world.


“I appeal to GEM Hospital to provide guidance & training on new laparoscopic surgical techniques to surgeons in government service. Government of Tamil Nadu will provide Laparoscopic treatment for the public through Comprehensive CM insurance scheme. I also congratulate Dr Palanivelu for writing a book on ‘Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery’ which got published in other foreign languages like Korean, Spanish, Chinese etc”, Thiru Ma. Subramaniam added.

On the occasion, Dr.C.Palanivelu, Founder & Chairman, GEM Hospitals said, “Hernia is a common clinical condition occurring in 27% male and 30-40% female develop incisional Hernia. Due to fear of pain, prolonged recovery time and recurrence of hernia, people do not seek treatment in time and more than 10% of them suffer intestinal obstruction that needs emergency operations. More than 10% among groin and 30-40% among incisional hernia recur again and again, after open hernia repair. Not only cost of treatment increases due to prolonged recovery time but huge economy loss to individual and to the country. If hernia is repaired without recurrence, then it is considered as a great service to the country.

With the advancement in the infrastructure and availability of latest technologies involving high definition 4K/3D laparoscopic system and Da Vinci Robotic System used for complex hernias, the doctors as well as the patients can be rest assured that hernia can be treated with minimum of scar, less pain, faster recovery, prevent recurrence and with cost effective methods.”

“Abdominal wall reconstruction is necessary for complex hernias to reinforce the integrity of the muscles. For the first time in the country , a comprehensive approach to hernia will be deployed with a Hernia specialist , Plastic surgeon , Anaesthetist , Intensivist , Pulmonologist and pain specialist at GEM hospital”, Dr.Palanivelu further added.


Dr. S. Asokan, CEO, GEM Hospital Chennai said, “Various complex hernia patients, who had failed multiple operations in the past, have been fixed in a minimally invasive way by our experienced expert team of doctors at GEM hospital. Our hospital is proud to have completed more than 25000 laparoscopic hernia surgeries successfully over the last 25 years”.


Commenting on the launch of a speciality division, Dr. P. Senthilnathan, Director, GEM Hospital Chennai said, “As a part of this launch, , we have planned to organise free Hernia Camps regularly in the outskirts of the city to create awareness among people about Hernia symptoms and the available treatments”.


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About GEM Hospitals:

GEM Hospital is India’s premier Gastroenterology and laparoscopic speciality hospital. GEM Hospital has its presence in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Thrissur & Chennai. Pioneering laparoscopic surgeon Dr. C. Palanivelu is the founder of GEM Hospital. He was the first to introduce laparoscopic keyhole surgery in south India. He has been instrumental for development of many innovative techniques in laparoscopic surgery and spreading laparoscopic surgery amongst the masses.

GEM Hospital focuses mainly on the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases (including GI cancers, liver transplantation and obesity) and laparoscopic surgeries. GEM was the first to include the concept of organ-based specialization to provide much superior outcomes. This includes specialities like Upper GI Surgery (Stomach & Oesophagus), Colorectal Surgery (Small & large intestines), Hepatobiliary surgery (liver & pancreas), Bariatric surgery (obesity & diabetes), Interventional endoscopy, Liver transplantation etc. It also has advanced treatment facilities in the speciality including da Vinci Robotic surgery, 4K/3D laparoscopy, Advanced Truebeam Radiotherapy, Comprehensive Obesity and Liver transplant departments. GEM Hospital is also the only hospital to perform liver transplant using the laparoscopic technique.