Da Vinci Robot enters Virgin territory to showcase its worth in Surgery

Odisha Surgeons get to have debut tryst with the best of surgical tools

Bhubaneswar/ Delhi:  Da Vinci Robot has made a long stride to be in Bhubaneswar to showcase its worth as a tool in surgery, especially that of cancer.

Odisha is a virgin territory for Da Vinci, the monopoly company of surgical robots, as the state has not so far acquired one.  Going by its ever increasing popularity, robotic surgery is all set to become a gold standard in India.

This Bhubaneswar sojourn is part of Da Vinci’s cruise to far and wide of India to familiarise surgeons all and sundry with the best among all surgical tools. Curious surgeons are coming in droves to try their hands on joysticks of the robot, though in a simulated setting.

The roving robot that simulates an operating room setting will be available to surgeons of Cuttack at SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack on Aug 9-10 and AIIMS Hospital, Bhubaneswar on August 11-12 to acquaint themselves of its immense capabilities.

With multi-disciplinary robotic surgery proving its worth in India over the past six years, Odisha remains one of the few Indian States that don’t have a single surgical robot. The robot company is also providing for the training in robotic surgery because training is of essence. Robot may be the best tool but only in the hands of skilled and mature surgeons.

Da Vinci is all set to completely transform the surgical scenario in India and to make cancer surgery far less traumatic. In the past six years of its outing in India, Da Vinci robot has proved its superiority among surgical tools. Especially in cancer surgery, it has proved manna from heaven for patients because it drastically minimises the trauma, bloodletting, disfiguring and hospital stay. Robotic surgery completely eliminates the deficiencies that plague other methods of surgery. Robot as a tool of surgery is even one up on laparoscopy (the minimal access surgery) which was a great advancement on traditional and traumatic open surgery.

Open surgery, which is in currency even now, is inhibitive and a complete dread.  Conventional surgery means very long cuts, a lot of bloodletting, long hospital stays and long recovery times. Blood loss necessitates blood transfusions and is even cosmetically poor as one is left with scars. About 15 to 20 per cent of the patients do face problems related to the wound and not the actual surgery.

Open surgery with long cuts was the only treatment until Laparoscopy was introduced in the early 1990s when surgeons made small cuts, inserted a tube to reach in with small instruments and operated on the affected organs. Instead of seeing the organs with the naked eye, the images of organs were displayed on a TV monitor captured by a miniature telescope-mounted camera inserted in the body. The patients were able to recover faster than with regular surgery. Laparoscopy, even though a major surgical advancement, has disadvantages such as a mere 2-dimensional view, lack of touch sensation and inability of the instruments to provide fine movement. Suturing is difficult and the surgeons have a steep learning curve to become adept at it.

With a view to familiarise surgeons and hospitals administrators on how computer-assisted surgeries can treat various forms of cancers, particularly in the medical disciplines of Urology, Gynaecology, Thoracic, Gastro-intestinal and Head & Neck, Vattikuti Technologies is taking da Vinci Surgical roving robot to places in India. As for its superiority,  a da Vinci surgical robot brings in human wrist-like movement with its instruments and offers a 10 times enlarged 3-dimensional view. And that is exactly what a tour of a da Vinci surgical robot across India is trying to demonstrate.

Vattikuti Technologies, distributor of da Vinci Surgical Robots and Vattikuti Foundation, evangelist for robotic surgery, are focused on spreading the use of robotic surgery in India. Vattikuti Technologies has partnered with dozens of hospitals in India since 2011 to install a robotic program and bring about the training of surgeons so that patients and doctors have the choice of robotic surgery when it is applicable and beneficial.

‘The 4-armed ‘Roving Robot’ will help surgeons in non-metro locations experience the capabilities of a da Vinci surgical robot in removing cancerous tissue while retaining healthy tissue,’ says Gopal Chakravarthy, CEO, Vattikuti Technologies.

The da Vinci robot does not, contrary to misconception, go ahead and operate on a patient all on its own. A specially trained surgeon sits at a Surgeon’s console nearby looking into a magnified 3D view of the area to be operated. From here, the fine instruments mounted on the four arms of the surgical robot are guided via tiny incisions into the body to remove and repair damaged or affected tissue. The work is precise and tidy.

Da Vinci Surgical Robot works best for soft tissue surgeries especially with cancerous malignancies.
“Eminent robotic surgeon Dr Imran Hamzawala of Saifee Hospital, Mumbai will highlight the benefits of robotic surgery in an interactive session with surgeons from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on August 11.” says Chakravarthy.


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