Robotic surgery, which is fast gaining popularity abroad, is taking roots in India, too. In Kerala, one of the fast emerging healthcare destinations of India, it was Aster Medcity, which pioneered this revolutionary procedure, and has already performed 30 successful surgeries using da Vinci
Si – the world’s most advanced surgical robot.
Robotic surgery is an advanced type of minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive generally means that, instead of operating on patients through large incisions, the surgeon uses miniaturised surgical instruments that fit through a series of quarter-inch incisions. In robotic surgery using the da Vinci Si, these miniaturised instruments are mounted on three separate robotic arms, allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision. The da Vinci’s fourth arm contains a magnified, high definition 3-D camera that guides the surgeon during the procedure. Robotically assisted surgery was developed to overcome the limitations of minimally invasive surgery and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery.
Aster Medcity’s Feat
Aster Medcity, located in the emerging south Indian metropolis of Kochi, is the first and the only hospital in Kerala to have a robotic surgery unit, with a specialised Minimal Access Robotic Surgery (MARS) team comprising six doctors. It recently conducted a series of 30 robotic surgeries. Specialists belonging to gynaecology, bariatric surgery, oncology, urology and surgical gastroenterology departments of the hospital
performed these surgeries.
Dr Harish Pillai, chief executive officer of Aster Medcity, says: “Aster Medcity keeps up with its commitment of pioneering advanced healthcare
technology with unmatched medical expertise by introducing and conducting successfully the first series of robot-assisted surgeries in Kerala.”