India to have 500 robotics surgeons by 2020.
By Komal Shan On 16 Jul, 2016 At 08:32 AM | Categorized As Technology | With 0 Comments

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PCI NEWS:-Here’s all about robotics surgery and how it will create opportunities in future.

Diksha Gupta, TechGig.com

Have a look at these data points before going any further:

• Foxconn replaced 60,000 workers with robots. • There are about 190 robotic surgeons in India across 30 hospitals. This number will increase to 500 by 2020 across 100 hospitals in the country.

These figures speak volumes about the adoption of robotics technology in various fields. The field of surgery is particularly one that is blooming in India and is clearly benefitting cancer patients. Infact, to give this domain the desired boost, Vattikuti Technologies has prepared a comprehensive plan to address three critical components–surgeon training, geographic reach and complete packages, which benefit the economically weaker sections. Dr Mahendra Bhandari, Director Robotic Research and Education, Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan and CEO Vattikuti Foundation shares that the plan is tailor-made for India, as the number of cancer cases has risen alarmingly but only 36 per cent of the reported cases got treated. Moreover, nearly 76 per cent of cancer patients hailed from non-urban areas, where access to cancer detection and treatment is a distant dream. The need, therefore, is to expand the pool of trained surgeons to non- metro cities.

Robots can perform these cancer surgeries.

Today da Vinci Surgical Robots are being used in almost all specialties involving soft body tissues. Compared to conventional modes of surgery patients benefit by way of minimal blood loss, quick healing and less pain leading to shorter hospital stays. The patient can return to work faster. Sharing the details, Dr Bhandari said, “Robotic Surgery has proven to be most efficacious in cancer cases–especially in Urology, Gynecology, General Surgery, Colorectal and Head & Neck cancers. Obesity reduction procedures in Bariatric surgery are also being performed robotically in the country. It is also being used for kidney transplants. In the cancers, robotic surgery removes cancer more than the conventional surgery improving the chances of cure.”

It should be noted that robotic surgery is a technological interface between surgeon and the patient needing surgical operation. It enhances human capability by promoting two dimensional human vision to 3-dimensional high resolution, magnified “as it is” view of the target surgical area through a powerful high definition surgical camera. Dr Bhandari asserts, “In this environment the surgeon is able to deal with complex surgical conditions using fine, articulated instruments through robotic arms. This surgical process with the aid of technology drastically reduces surgical trauma to the normal body tissues which in turn translates in to quick post surgical recovery. Surgical robots are master slave systems and do not do anything on their own. It is the surgeon who is the master.”

But, apply robotics with caution.

Even before committing to induct a Surgical Robot, the institution must focus on identification of accomplished surgeons who are motivated enough to use this new-age cutting edge technology.

Dr Bhandari shares, “We have adopted a multi pronged approach to advance its mission of disseminating cutting edge, robotic surgery for the benefit of common man in India by introducing best surgical practices in preparing young surgeons to develop sound judgment to execute appropriate surgical solution for her/his patients. The surgical competence is acquired by continuous interaction with the best surgical minds as a part of Vattikuti Foundation network of surgeons. All robotic surgeons attend the mandatory training and conduct surgeries under the proctorship of senior surgeons. Since the da Vinci Surgical Robot has a ‘driving school car equivalent controls’ with the trainer holding the master controls, the patient is at no risk.”

Robotics in medical will go places.

Now robotic technology is spreading in other disciplines, beyond surgery, with a great speed. We will see Stryker-Mako robot for joint replacement very soon, courtesy Vattikuti. There is a robot for hair transplantation and one for spinal surgery in pipeline too. Dr Bhandari says, “New tools and techniques will bring increasing number of surgical procedures to the fold of robotic surgery, marginalizing the role of open surgical procedures. The future of minimally invasive robotic surgery is very bright while the future of conventional open surgery is certainly bleak. To your implied question if Robotic Surgeons will get a back seat, the answer is a big No.”

Robotics will bring down costs as well.

Speaking about the importance of robotics surgery in a cost-sensitive country like India, Dr Bhandari says, “it will certainly bring down the costs. Even now multi-disciplinary robotic surgery performed by expert surgeons at high volume centers is cost effective. Robots may sound expensive due to high capital investment but they are cheaper if proper activity based costing is done accounting for the benefits to patients such as drastically reduced hospital stay, no need of blood transfusion in 95 per cent of cases, no pain and need for any treatment for pain, reduced complications, less loss of wages. Benefits such as complete removal of cancer are very difficult to quantify in the direct financial terms.”

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