Robots and Surgery

The use of robotic technology for surgery continues to increase rapidly.  The number of robot-assisted operations performed worldwide has tripled since 2007, from 80, 000 to over 205, 000.

The robot technology allows a surgeon to sit at a console to operate remote-controlled arms to facilitate a laparoscopic style procedure.

da Vinci Robotic Systems

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system made by Intuitive Surgical and designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console. It is commonly used for prostatectomies and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynaecologic surgical procedures.


What patients say about robotic surgery…
“Following surgery, I was amazed at the absence of pain. I was also impressed by the quick return of my strength and return to normal activity. Even more impressive, I had total bladder control following the removal of the catheter. No pads, no leaks, no problems.”

“One week after this surgery, the hardest part of recovery is reminding yourself you had a major surgery and not to overdo it!”

“I would recommend this type of procedure to anyone.”

Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)

MAS can also be referred to as minimally invasive surgery, keyhole surgery, endoscopy and laparoscopy.

MAS offers diminished tissue trauma, post-operative pain, bleeding and other associated complications of surgery.  MAS has all the benefits of accelerated recovery.

For doctors to gain hands-on training is vital, due to the intricacy and delicacy of MAS.  The Chitra Sethia Centre for Robotics and MAS now offers a highly valuable and practicable solution with its range of new high-definition, interactive MAS teaching tools.

Traditional surgical techniques consist of cutting the patient open; removing or repairing tissue or an organ and then closing the patient up again.  MAS involves minimising the opening and closing up of the patient’s body.  This is achieved either by accessing the internal tissue or organ(s) through natural orifices or by operating through very small holes (5-15mm width) cut into the body.  MAS has become a reality with the development of fibreoptic light sources, miniature video cameras and specially designed tools allowing the surgeon to be guided by high resolution, magnified video images.

MAS was first used as a diagnostic tool and continues to be used for this purpose as well as surgical procedures.  MAS is now the standard choice for many forms of surgical operations.