Amrita Hospital Faridabad gets robotic surgery system

Hospital installs da Vinci Xi system for robotic-assisted surgery

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The da Vinci Xi surgical system provides multi-quadrant access for a variety of complex surgical procedures.

The 2,600-bed Amrita Hospital in Faridabad has installed the da Vinci Xi surgical system from the US-based Intuitive that offers surgeons an advanced set of instruments for performing robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

With this acquisition, the hospital now offers new-age surgical technology to patients for uro-surgical, gastro-surgical, gynaec-oncologic, cardiothoracic, general surgeries, and head and neck cancer surgeries.

With modern instrumentation and features such as integrated table motion, the da Vinci Xi surgical system provides multi-quadrant access to conduct a variety of complex surgical procedures. This is for the first time that a da Vinci surgical system has been installed at a hospital in Faridabad.

Dr Sanjeev Singh, Medical director, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, said, “Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery results in less pain and blood loss, fewer complications and quicker recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Considering its vast benefits, we have installed the world’s most advanced, fourth-generation surgical system, the da Vinci Xi. It would immensely benefit our patients and help us deliver the highest standards of medical excellence through cutting-edge technology.”

The da Vinci Xi system converts the hand movements of the surgeons at the console in real-time to precisely bend and rotate tiny wristed instruments, enabling the surgeons to operate through a few small incisions. The various robotic arms can perform maneuvers and rotations beyond the natural ability of the human hand. A 3-D high-definition camera relays a live video feed of the surgical area back to the surgeon. All this results in expanding the surgeon’s capabilities and delivering better clinical outcomes.

Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, has already conducted surgeries with the latest da Vinci Xi system.

The surgeons conducted reconstructive surgery (pyeloplasty) of the urinary passage of a 65-year-old woman that was blocking the flow of urine to her bladder. Dr Manav Suryavanshi, head, the Department of Urology, Section Incharge – Uro Oncology & Robotic Surgery, who operated on the patient, said, “We chose the da Vinci robotic platform due to the high precision needed in such surgeries. In this case, the dexterity offered by robotic technology allowed us to overcome multiple challenges including morbid obesity of the patient and single functioning kidney. Using the advanced system, we could perform such a complex surgery from very small keyholes. The patient was discharged three days later. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first-ever robotic surgery in Faridabad on a Da Vinci Xi system and has been of immense benefit to the patient who had only one kidney functioning.”

In another case, a 60-year-old obese woman suffering from endometrial cancer was successfully operated on by robotic surgery through very small incisions and discharged from the hospital in a couple of days. 

Dr Neha Kumar, Senior consultant, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, who led the surgery along with Dr Shweta Mendiratta, Senior consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, said, “The da Vinci Xi system is very precise and offers superior access to all parts of the abdomen, with very little chance of conversion to open surgery, in contrast to laparoscopic surgery where instruments are rigid with chopstick movements, and conversion to open surgery has been reported in up to 25% patients. Considering all this, the patient was recommended robotic surgery for the staging of endometrial cancer, which included a total hysterectomy with the removal of both tubes and ovaries as well as the lymph glands in the pelvis. The surgery was challenging due to the patient’s obesity, but with the robotic platform, the minimally invasive procedure could be done successfully. She was completely fit, mobile, and independently managing all her daily activities at the time of discharge.”

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