The Amrita Advanced Centre for Robotic Surgery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri Oommen Chandy, on March 02, 2015.
The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by the surgeon. The system is advanced robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities and offer an option to open surgery.
The da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than traditional surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the cuts (incisions) made in the human body by the surgeon are much smaller than the cuts made during traditional surgery. The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences uses the da Vinci Surgical System for gastro-surgical, uro-surgical, gynaec-oncologic, cardiothoracic, head and neck cancers and liver transplant donor surgeries. In total, 1300 robotic surgeries have been performed overall.
Compared with traditional surgery, having the da Vinci Surgery may offer a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, fewer complications, less need for narcotic pain medicine, a faster recovery and smaller incisions for minimal scarring.
In Gynaecologic Oncology, robotic surgery is mainly used for the treatment of endometrial and cervical cancer. The surgical treatment for endometrial cancer is hysterectomy, with removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries and also removal of the pelvic and para-aortic nodes. Surgical treatment for early cervical cancer is radical hysterectomy with removal of the pelvic nodes. Both these procedures are well suited for robotic surgery and in fact robotic surgery for endometrial and cervical cancer is advantageous over conventional as it has reduced blood loss, reduced hospital stay and reduced surgical morbidity without compromising the standard of surgery. Another advantage which the robotic platform offers is the integrated infrared imaging which allows detecting the sentinel node in endometrial and cervical cancer. This helps to reduce the surgical complications associated with lymph node dissection. At Amrita, we have completed more than 700 robotic surgeries in the gynaecologic oncology department and we are one of the leading centres in India to perform robotic gynaecological cancer surgeries. We do robotic surgeries for endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, early ovarian borderline and malignant tumors and also for isolated abdominal recurrences of gynaecologic malignancies.
The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is the first healthcare facility in India and one of the first in all of Asia-Pacific to set up robotic technology for neurosurgery.
The new generation robotic surgical technology – ROSA - will assist a broad range of surgical interventions to treat Parkinson and Epilepsy treatments, brain tumours, hemorrhagic strokes and endoscopic surgery of the brain. The robot can be used for guidance, precision and accuracy during a variety of cranial procedures. It provides a precise, mathematically correct trajectory to the destination in the brain.
Progressively, more robotic surgical machines will be inducted to set up India’s first Centre for Excellence in Robotics in the healthcare sector at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences .