The da Vinci Robotic System, which is considered as a breakthrough step in surgical technology, is kept on demonstration at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals in Mumbai from January 23 to 27.
Government hospital doctors from across the state will visit JJ Hospital to get first-of-its-kind experience of this surgical technology.
Performing robotic surgeries in government hospitals in India is still a distant dream, thanks to the cost of the system, but the dream to see how it functions has come true for doctors at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals and others in Maharashtra.
“Our doctors are getting hands-on training on using a robot for surgery. The da Vinci Robotic system is kept in Surgery Department’s seminar hall and doctors from different parts of Maharashtra like Dhulia, Pune, Aurangabad will visit the hospital to experience the technological advancement in medicine,” said Dr Ajay Bhandarwar, Head of Surgery Department, JJ Hospital.
Post-graduate doctors generally read about robotic surgeries in textbooks.
“It is a great opportunity for them to get practical knowledge of robotic surgery,” said Bhandarwar.
Surgeons say robotic surgery is a breakthrough in surgical technology. Benefits of a robotic surgery include shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less pain.
“Robotic surgery is a step ahead in minimally invasive surgery. It is an effective alternative to both, open surgery and laparoscopy,” said Dr Amol Wagh, Assistant Professor, Surgery Department, JJ Hospital.
He added that with robotic system, complex surgical procedures can be attempted with minimal invasion.
“A surgeon can reach difficult areas in body like pelvis and thorax with ease, which is otherwise not possible. Robotic system gives greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualisation because of 3D Vision and improved access which enable surgeons to perform complex procedures,” added Wagh.
Presently, the da Vinci Robotic system is there in around 3,600 centres across the world. The da Vinci Surgery is used for cardiac surgery, colorectal surgery, general surgery, gynaecologic surgery, head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery and urologic surgery.
In Mumbai, hospitals like Tata Memorial Hospital, Saifee Hospital and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) have the system.
“Government set-ups still do not have the robotic system. However, if we get it then it will immensely help doctors to carry out complex surgeries,” said Bhandarwar.
What is da Vinci Robotic Surgery?
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.
The da Vinci System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System at all times. The technology translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.