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  • Monday, December, 2020| Today's Market | Current Time: 02:42:22
  • As one of the propounders of Robotic Surgery in India, Dr. Sandeep Nayak, is the Director and Head of Department of Surgical Oncology at Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, and the Chief of Surgical Oncology at MACS Clinic, Bangalore shares his view on the future of Robotic surgery in India.

    Dr. Sandeep Nayak, a renowned robotic oncologist in India states, “I find robotic surgery delivers far more superior performance and outcome than open or laparoscopic surgery approach in complex cancer cases. Most of my onco-surgeries done with robotic assistance have surpassed the expectations of the procedure leading to the early recovery of the patient.”

    Surgeries involve a great deal of risk, be them big or small. The surgeon’s surgical skills are tested each time he or she performs surgery as there are certain limitations considering the human anatomy and the medical condition of the patient. 

    Of course, expertise in surgery comes with superior surgical skills and acumen accompanied by hands-on experience. From his own professional experience, Dr. Nayak states that he still performs laparoscopic surgeries but they require greater skill level and expertise. Also, most oncologists in India have yet to gain access to the surgical robot and also acquire the required skill set performing robotic surgery. 

    To perform successful surgeries, the surgical site should be clearly visible to the surgeons. This could reduce the happening of surgical errors and also ensure that the medical condition of the organ has been properly solved. Also, to reduce the risk of error due to human fatigue and stress the process of performing the surgery could be made more comfortable.

    This led to research in performing minimally invasive surgery assisted along with a computer program. By the mid-1980s, efforts were intensified that offered robotic-assisted minimal surgery technology to the medical fraternity. It was in the mid-2000s that robotic-assisted surgery formally arrived on the healthcare scene across the world and in India as well.

    Surprisingly, the medical fraternity accepted the robotic-assisted surgery in a much better way. We can relate a couple of reasons for this. The use of a highly magnified 3D HD lens in the robotic system enables the surgeon to have a magnified view of the surgical site.  

    Designed on the lines of the human hand, the robotic wrist is extremely flexible and performs in the desired minimally invasive way. It reduces the hand tremors quotient and offers a better grip to the surgeon.  

    The surgeon controls the entire robot through a specially designed surgeon console or station. The surgeon console can be customized to fit as per the surgeon’s work pattern while allowing him or her to fully control the robotic wrist, view the surgical site in 3DHD and also minimize hand tremors 

    The Presence and Performance of Robotic Surgery Pan India

    In IndiaThere has been an increasing number of cases of orthopaedic, cardiac, and cancer disorders that have shown speedy recovery after robotic surgery has been performed on the patients. Similarly, demand for robotic surgery in knee and hip replacement procedures, gynaecology disorders, cardiac as well as oncosurgeries. The low cost and short waiting period in availing medical treatment including robotic-assisted surgery in India make it a preferred destination for medical tourists.

    Currently, the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Delhi, Gurgaon, and so on have hospitals equipped with surgical robots and offer robotic-assisted surgery to their patients. Across these hospitals, robotic-assisted surgeries are performed in the departments of orthopedics, cardiac, gynecology, urology, pediatric, surgical oncology, and bariatric surgery. 

    Going further, Dr. Nayak, is positive that advancements in the Robotic Surgery systems will bring about more precision and accuracy in performance. He believes that the cost of equipment, availability of surgeons, and the support team trained and skilled in robotic surgery coupled with approval from the insurance company will further popularize this technology within a few years.

    The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has approved the use of robots for surgery that means all the insurance companies will follow suit. It is a matter of time that robotic surgery will overtake open as well as laparoscopic surgeries and will be accepted as a norm. The fact remains that robotic surgery is here to stay with finer tuning and improvisations.