Robotic surgery is quite a revolutionary technology and holds significant promise in medical science with both real and potential advantages. Surgical robotics saw light in the mid-90s and with a slow pick up, it is on an ever-evolving journey towards surgical wonders.
We know that robotic technology has been widely utilized in various industries, but over the last couple of decades, this technology has gained great acceptability in healthcare sector too. The application of robotic surgery has been evolving constantly. From performing a variety of menial tasks, like handing over operative instruments on voice commands, to operating the most complex surgical procedures, Robotic surgery is a promising surgical alternative that has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last few decades.
Sushruta, the father of cosmetic surgery from India, initiated the very first surgical procedures. He considered the human hands as the primary instrument for operations. Thereafter, it has been the hands and the conventional instruments that have been saving human lives. However, the modern ‘laparoscopy’, which is used in various surgical fields, started the chronicle of minimally invasive surgery.
Robotic surgical innovations are making inroads in the Indian healthcare scene as well . Today, the dexterity in suturing with motion scaling features is redefining the precision in complex surgical operations. The application is showing an increasing curve, and with the advent of new age robotic platforms, especially in the post-pandemic world, this technology can aptly take care of the ever-rising demand in tertiary care Indian centers.
Robotic-assisted surgery is regarded as the benchmark treatment for gynecological, gastric oncologic, cancer and urological-prostate surgeries, and is now highly recommended for patients with these medical conditions.
Robotic-assisted surgeries are bestowed with technical medical advantages such as; operation with a 3D view of the operative field through a special camera inserted into the patient’s body. Since the surgeon can see the inside of the patient’s body, he can perform the surgery more efficiently. The robotic device uses a technology known as “Wristed instruments” which allows a greater flexibility and motion than a human wrist.
In robotic surgery, special miniature instruments are placed in the parts of the body to be operated on, via very small incisions of hardly 1 to 2 cm. Unlike in traditional and laparoscopic surgeries, the surgeon controls the instruments from a computerized console and does not hold the surgical tools himself. The console gives the surgeon a high-definition and 3-D view of the surgical site. The access, high display quality of the operational field and precision of the whole surgery on the targeted body part, are becoming advanced with the upgradation of modern-day surgical robots.
The new age of robotic surgical systems has brought in more precision, lesser blood loss, fewer complications, lessor visible scars and substantially less pain followed by faster recovery.
Though robotics-assisted surgery has yielded significantly better results and has been positively impacting patients globally, the access to it is still scarce. The cost of infrastructure, import cost of equipment, steep learning curve and high maintenance of equipment, contribute to the high treatment cost.
This is where the need for an affordable advanced surgical robotic system arise and SSI Mantra came into existence. Being a ‘Made in India ‘surgical robotic system, SSI Mantra delivers affordable minimally invasive robotic surgical solutions with the most advanced global technologies. Robotics will be the future of surgery and our objective is to develop a technologically sophisticated system that is cost-effective, simple to use and is useful for all surgical specialties. Not just in India, many patients throughout the world would benefit from this revolutionary system.
The application of robotic technology in the healthcare industry is very much in demand. The global surgical robot market size is valued at USD 3.6 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.3% from 2022 to 2030. With constant upgradation and improvement in this technology, the critical medical requirements of the ever-increasing patient load can be managed, if it is coupled with suitable insurance schemes and the presence of skilled expert’s. In India, there have been 100 systems installed and the country has 70,000 hospitals with a population of 1.4 billion people, the difference between demand and supply can be easily understood!
Our very own robotic systems, aided with AI and autonomic smart functionality have the capability to revolutionize surgical procedures with an economic and perfected approach for the masses. After all, access to healthcare is not a privilege, it’s a basic human right!
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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