Narayana Health Completes 100 Robotic Surgeries In 5 Months

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 25, 2017


From radiation treatment to eye surgery, rehabilitation to hair transplantation, and robot therapists to robotic pharmacists, healthcare robots are transforming the fields of medicine across the globe. And now we see this trend in India too, where trained doctors at Narayana Health achieved a remarkable feat of completing more than 100 robotic surgeries in less than six months. Launched in September 2016, the Institute of Robotic Surgery was created in partnership with da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and Infosys Foundation.

The system features magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result surgeons operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. In the words of Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman - Narayana Health, “We want more number of patients to have the advantage of the most advanced surgical and medical care available at our hospital. We believe that it’s a matter of time before most of the procedures on the human body will be done using robotic technology.”

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Infosys Foundation donated the ‘da Vinci Surgical Robotic System’ to develop Infosys Institute of Robotic Surgery and train surgeons for the future. Intuitive Surgical trains surgeons through Technology Training Pathway, which makes sure doctors learn every element of robotics surgery. Dr. Lavanya Kiran, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at Narayana Health City has the distinction of being the first surgeon in India with the least learning curve in robotics for having performed 9 procedures in 17 days as declared by Intuitive Surgical - the official partner of da Vinci for training in robotic surgeries.

“The Robotic Surgical system gives me accuracy and great precision in operating with its 10 times magnification and 360 degree endowrist movement, which helps reach the unreachable places more easily and helps in better resection. It makes me happy and content to give my patient the best result with least complication and minimal stay in the hospital,” said Dr. Lavanya.

Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor at Robotic Industries Association mentioned in her blog that Robots are becoming cheaper and more capable. The sensors and software that heighten their capability continue to drop in price. And as a new age dawns for robots designed to work collaboratively with humans, medical applications will only gain momentum. Reports are projecting tremendous growth for healthcare robotics in the next five years.

Research firm, Visiongain suggest the overall world market for robotics in healthcare will surpass $3 billion this year and continue expanding to 2025. According to the research firm, from 2015 to 2025, many opportunities will arise. Ageing population, government funding and FDA initiatives, technological advancements and the rapid growth of the hospital or pharmacy robots submarket will drive sales to 2025. [Read full report here]

Surgical robots are currently the most dynamic submarket within the overall robotics in healthcare market in terms of its wealth of technological innovations and R&D pipeline,” said the report, and that medical robots that exhibit both clinical and economical benefits over existing healthcare solutions are in great demand, it said.

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The Narayana Health robotics initiative, has not only put India on the global map yet again [this time for healthcare and development, but can be a motivation for hundreds of enterprises to leverage robotics in the most positive and profitable way. As Sudha Murty, Chairperson - Infosys Foundation said, “This is a testament to the world-class standards set by Indian organizations, and speaks highly of its commitment to providing world-class healthcare to the masses by leveraging the power of technology.”