Ambani Hospital Launches 'a Vinci' Robotic Arm Surgery System

By : Subscribe to Aditi's | June 11, 2012 7:13 PM IST

The Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai launched the robotic surgical system, also known as da Vinci Robotic Surgery, on Sunday.

The system was unveiled by well-known Dr. Suresh Advani at an event in the hospital in Mumbai, IBNLive reported.

"The precision offered by the da Vinci robotic system ensures greater surgical precision, improved dexterity and superior control, translating into smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery," the hospital's executive director Ram Narain said in a statement.

So far the hospital has successfully performed 11 surgeries using the new technology, which is widely used in other countries from a long time.

Well, contrary to the common belief, "A robotic surgery is conducted by a robot, the operation is actually only assisted by the robotic arm," Dr Narain, said, explaining that "These arms only hold the surgical instruments, while the surgeon, who operates from a console, controls all the movement of the arms."

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Dhirubhai Ambani is the second hospital after Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai that has unveiled the robotic surgery system till date.

Until now, the hospital has used the da Vinci robotic system for prostate, kidney and urinary bladder surgeries and plans to expand in the future.

"We have already performed a surgery to remove only a part of the kidney, which was tumour-infected. It would have been difficult to do the surgery otherwise and we would have had to remove the kidney completely. But, with the help of the robotic arm, we were able to save the rest of the kidney, which is functional," TOI quoted Narain as saying.

Though the robotic arm surgery costs more than the conventional operation, it is much safer and less complicated.

"20% complications arising out of a surgery done otherwise are eliminated because of the precision of a robotic arm. There is hardly any blood loss or scars," Narain said.

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