The Ayushman team has been associated with the establishment and propagation of Minimal Access Surgery (laparoscopic surgery) for over 25 years in India. Ayushman was created and conceptualized 30 years ago and the team has grown and expanded since to its present strength of 5 consultant surgeons; Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, Dr. Rajesh Khullar, Dr. Anil Sharma, Dr. Vandana Soni, Dr. Manish Baijal. The present Ayushman team has been together for over 2 decades and is committed to provide surgical excellence and best patient outcome.
The Ayushman team founded the department of Minimal Access Surgery led by Dr. Pradeep Chowbey at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi in 1996. This department was the first of its kind in the Asian subcontinent and worked with singular determination to develop, evaluate and propagate minimal access (laparoscopic surgery) in India. One of the foremost stated objectives of the department was to train, teach and introduce surgeons to the art and safe practice of laparoscopic surgery. The department has been host to many international and national surgeons who visited to avail of several fellowships and related training programs in laparoscopic surgery.
After having achieved remarkable success in developing and popularizing techniques for safe Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) the team subsequently standardized techniques for Minimal Access hernia repair that were recognized on a global scale. A large majority of abdominal operations subsequently started falling within the purview of Minimal Access surgery. Another important globally recognized contribution from the team was Minimal Access (Endoscopic) approach for Thyroid / Parathyroid surgery.
The Ayushman team advanced the concept of specialized teams to exclusively practice, propagate and develop Minimal Access techniques in surgery. The team was amongst the first to recognize the requirement and importance of Bariatric Surgery in the country. Bariatric surgical services were offered to patients from the turn of last century.
The Ayushman team relocated to Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi in 2009 to set up the Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The institute is recognized to be a Global Center of Excellence in Endosurgery today. The Institute has been awarded the "Founder" title and accredited as "International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery (ICE)" by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), USA and Center of Excellence in Endohernia Surgery by Asia Pacific Hernia Society. In addition all five consultant surgeons in the team are accredited Surgeons of Excellence by (SRC), USA. The Institute is equipped with state of the art operation theaters and quality equipment that contributes efforming the best industrial practices. Surgical and Anesthesia protocols are in place so that patients reap the benefits of faster recovery, lesser post operative pain and minimal post surgical complication.
The Anesthetists at the Institute comprises a team of dedicated specialists that exclusively practice Minimal Access (laparoscopic) anesthesia techniques. The team consultant anesthetists Dr. Aparna Sinha, Dr. Lakshmi Jayaraman and Dr. Dinesh Punhani have practiced and established safe protocols to administer anesthesia to patients undergoing Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery.