At Narayana Health, finding new ways to offer advanced healthcare acquires immense priority. This mission has made us introduce robotic surgery initially at Narayana Health City, Bangalore, and Narayana Super speciality Hospital, Howrah and now at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata. Robotic surgery offers Higher Precision, Flexibility, Control, and is Minimally Invasive.
Making Surgery Even Less Invasive
Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, Bangalore, is at the forefront of several medical advancements and is one of the best hospitals for robotic surgery in India. We are equipped with the latest technology needed to successfully carry out minimally invasive surgery for:
- GI surgery
NH Health City is focussed on making these procedures even more effective by continually investing in the latest tools, technologies, and training. With this in view, we have introduced robotic surgery and will extend the benefits further to include the following surgical specialities as well:
- Head and Neck Oncology
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Otolaryngology (ENT)
Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences- Kolkata and Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah, takes minimally invasive surgery to the next step at West Bengal, using the vaunted Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. A team of highly trained and skilled surgeons perform a wide range of surgeries. The biggest advantage of robotic surgery is that it gives the surgeon unparalleled control in a minimally invasive environment. Robotic surgery offers higher precision, flexibility and control when compared to the conventional laparoscopic surgery and much better anatomical clarity as compared to open surgery.
RTIICS Kolkata and NSH Howrah, by introducing robotic surgery, focuses on making Uro-Oncology, Gynae-Oncology, GI Cancer, and Head & Neck Cancer procedures even more effective.
Get the advantage of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. It is a rapid advancement in the field of medical science. Robotic surgery means operating on patients through small holes rather than making big incisions. The biggest advantage of robotic surgery is to give the surgeon unparalleled control in a minimally invasive environment. Robotic surgery offers higher precision, flexibility and control when compared to the conventional laparoscopic surgery and offers much better anatomical clarity as compared to open surgery.
What benefits does it offer to the patients and the doctors?
Surgeons nowadays have been using robotic surgery in their surgical procedures to achieve accuracy and flexibility. Even a complex procedure can be done without much of the difficulties or hassles using robotic surgery in India.
With robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery has become quite easy. The various benefits of minimally invasive surgery include the following:
- Fewer complications such as surgical site infection
- Less pain during the treatment
- Smaller and less noticeable scars
- It brings down post-surgical complications such as infections, smaller incision, provides better Cosmesis, and lesser chances of developing a hernia.
- It reduces blood loss and trauma.
- It allows a quicker recovery.
- Yields excellent cosmetic and functional outcomes.
- Recovery is faster, you do not have to stay in the hospital for quite a long now.
How is it done?
While the patient is under anaesthesia, three robotic arms and the video camera are inserted through small incisions on the body. The surgeon then sits in front of a computer console which provides him with a 3D view of the operating field and controls through which the robotic arms can be manipulated. The robotic arms have tiny wrists which bend in several directions with increased dexterity and fine manipulation beyond the capability of the human hand.
This is a significant advancement over laparoscopic surgery which allows for less clear vision and allows only rigid instruments to be used therefore reducing the manoeuvrability inside the operating environment.
When is it preferred?
Robotic surgery is gradually becoming the standard of care for certain surgeries especially surgery involving the pelvic organs such as the prostate, bladder, colon and rectum. The surgeon decides based on the condition of the patient & the complexity of the disease if the procedure is suitable for that patient. Robotic surgery has changed the experience of patients as they undergo surgery and over 3 million procedures have been performed across the world.
The advances in technology have made recovery faster. The stay in the hospital has been significantly reduced from weeks to days or hours.
Though robotic surgery involves risk, they are very much similar to the traditional open surgeries. Some of the risks include infection, allergy, and other subtle complications.
The goal of our team of professionals is to provide the patient with a safe journey through the hospital with the best possible outcome which is why our facility hospital is the best robotic surgery hospital in India.
The centre was established with the support of the Infosys Foundation.
Robotic Surgery FAQ's
Robotic surgery is also known as minimally invasive surgery. When a patient goes through robotic surgery, there will be less blood, less scarring, less risk of infection, and a rapid recovery. When a robotic system is used for operation, the surgeon will start by making two incisions in your body and insert the surgical instruments, along with a high definition three- dimensional camera; most times, skin incisions are required. Once the patient is prepped for surgery, with the incisions and instruments, then the surgeon will control the robotic system from a nearby console. During the surgery, the surgeon will use master controls to manipulate the moves of the instruments, and these movements mimic the surgeon’s movements inside your body. You don't have to worry because the surgeon has complete control over the system, and it will move in the direction that he provides.
Most robotic surgery procedures will take two to three hours, under the influence of general anaesthesia. Patients will experience less blood loss, and blood transfusions are not needed unless necessary. Patients who are operated with the robotic surgery will be discharged from the hospital after a day or two, but the discharge date depends on the condition being treated and the recovery speed. Patients are usually discharged once the laboratory dates are good to go, and the pain is controllable.
Robotic surgery is quite similar to laparoscopic surgery, which means they both use small incisions, a camera, and instruments. The robotic surgery will include EndoWrist instruments and surgeons' console to operate the robot system. In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon will be standing next to you, while in robotic surgery, the surgeon will stand next to a console. In robotic surgery, the robotic arm can turn 360 degrees and its way more flexible than a human wrist or hand, while in the laparoscopic surgery, there is limited hand motion.
There are many benefits to robotic surgery, which is why it is growing in popularity. The surgery directly benefits the patient by resulting in a shorter recovery time. It also benefits the patient indirectly because the surgeon will visualize the procedure better, and it will garner better results. Some other benefits are:
- Your surgeon will have better motion range and dexterity
- Less risk of infection
- Less pain
- Rapid recovery
- Fewer blood transfusions are needed because the patient won’t be losing much blood
The reported success rate of robotic surgery is over 95%. Robotic surgery is mostly safe, and it has low, competitive rates. The outcome of the surgery directly depends on the surgeon operating the system, and they need to be extremely skilled and well versed with the machine. Robotic surgery does show more of short-term benefits, but it also has many long-term outcomes as compared to open surgery.
Once the robotic surgery is done, there is little need for bed rest as compared to recovery from open surgery. Patients may experience some soreness, discomfort, and lethargy during the recovery period, but it's imperative that they stay mildly active. They can do this by going for short walks and increasing the activity range with time. Patients should stick to a healthy diet, especially one that incorporates plenty of fruits and vegetables; also, the patient has to drink plenty of water while they are recovering. This will help speed the healing process.