All You Should Know About Robotic Surgery

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We are blessed to be a part of this technological embedded era to see different healthcare technology wonders every day. Robotic surgery is one of them. In India, healthcare providers have rapidly adopted robotic surgery to treat a wide range of complex surgeries. The highly experienced and skilled team of surgeons and technicians specialized in automated surgical systems perform the surgeries. So, let's get into more details about how robots perform surgery and its benefits:

What is Robotic Surgery?

It is a minimally invasive technique that surgeons use for a wide range of operating procedures. If you think robotic surgery means an autonomous robot completing the operation in OT without human interaction, then it is not the case. Certified surgeons operate robotics-assisted surgical systems along with technicians to facilitate the surgery. Basically, it consists of three essential gears - the surgeon's console, a vision cart, and a patient cart. The surgeon's console is the place where the surgeon sits and view and operate the surgical instruments. The vision cart is the second gear to establish a  communication seamlessly between all the components. The third gear is the patient's cart kept next to the patient's bed that holds the camera, and the instruments required for the surgery. These components work together to help the surgeon to view and operate the surgical instruments. It is beneficial in several specialties like: 

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Otolaryngology (head and neck)  
  • Urology

Benefits of Robotics-Assisted Surgery

  • It is ideal for certain delicate or complicated surgeries because it makes it easier for surgeons to avoid damaging surrounding nerves and other organs. 
  • 3D visualization for the surgeons with a better view of what is happening during the operation helps them see better and make quick decisions.
  • Precision control of surgical instruments to reduce the damage of tissues and other organs
  • Robotic surgery has smaller incisions, which results in less blood loss and pain to the patients
  • Ensures patients a faster recovery due to minimal cuts, blood loss, fewer chances of getting an infection, lesser blood transfusions, fewer scars, and less internal injuries during surgeries
  • Helpful for complex surgeries that are not possible with conventional surgery methods.
  • Reduce the period of hospitalization as it helps 

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How is it Performed?

Robotic surgery performs with small tools attached to a robotic arm and under the supervision of certified surgeons that control these automated based surgical systems:

  • Surgeons give general anesthesia to patients so that they can sleep and feel no pain
  • The surgeon sits at the console and directs the movements of a robot. Small surgical tools are attached to the patient's cart.
  • The surgeon makes small incisions to insert the instruments into the body.
  • Endoscope - a thin tube with a camera attached to the end of it allows the surgeons to view enlarged 3-D images of the body
  • Surgeons establish communication with robots to match their hand movements to perform the procedure using the minute instruments.

In a Nutshell

Robotic surgery is relatively safe and has a faster recovery time. However, its charges are hefty. At CHI (formerly RHI), we offer Care Advantage- the robust family health policy with the sum insured of one crore.  It gives extensive coverage during a medical emergency and covers advanced treatments like robotic surgery (subject to policy terms and conditions).  So, opt for it now and avail of the best and advanced healthcare facilities without financial worries.