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Robotic Surgery

About the Department

The Food and Drug Administration first approved the Robotic Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System way back in 2000. This surgical technique was quickly embraced by many hospitals across the United Stated of America and also in Europe. In due course of time, robotic surgery is now being used to treat a wide spectrum of diseases and disorders. 

A key factor behind such wide acceptance of robotic surgery is the way it can handle complex operations with utmost precision. Doctors who have been specially trained in robotic surgery can have total control and flexibility over the entire procedure which is not possible during traditional surgical operations. 

In the majority of cases, robotic surgery is usually used for procedures that are minimally invasive in nature. It is performed by creating tiny incisions. However, at times, the technique can also be used in combination with specific types of open surgical processes too. 

The Department of Robotic Surgery at the Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta has been in place for some years now. With this technique, the surgical department has undergone dramatic improvements especially in areas like imagining, accuracy, control and resourcefulness. 

Robotic surgery is now assisting specially trained surgeons at Fortis Bannerghatta in being able to skilfully perform complicated operations that was not imaginable up until a few years ago. Having introduced this innovation, it has changed the concept and perspective of surgery in such a positive manner that now our doctors are able to extend the advantages of this technique to a wide range of patients who have chosen Fortis as their healthcare partner.

Areas of Care

At the Fortis Hospital in Bannerghatta, we have the latest and the most advanced technique of robotic surgery available. The da Vinci Surgical System, allows our surgeons to be able execute delicate and complicated surgical procedures with the highest degree of accuracy. 

As a patient, robotic surgery services can help you if you are suffering from:

- Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Includes:

  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Supraglottic cancer 
  • Hypopharyngeal cancer
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Neck dissections

- Robotics Surgeries

  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Staging for ovarian cancer
  • Suspicious gynaecological cancers 
  • Premalignant gynaecological conditions

- Robotic Radical Prostatectomy
- Robotic Radical Nephrectomy 
- Robotic Radical Nephroureterectomy
- Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
- Robotic Radical Cystectomy with Intracorporeal Ileal Conduit
- Robotic Radical Cystectomy with Intracorporeal Neobladder
- Robotic Pyeloplasty
- Robotic Pyelolithotomy and Ureterolithotomy
- Robotic Renal Cyst Excision
- Robotic Ureteral Reimplantation
- Robotic Lymph Node Dissection
- Robotic Metastasectomy
- Robotic Adrenelectomy
- Robotic Cystoplasty
- Robotic Mitrofanoff procedure
- Robotic Varicocoele surgery
- Intuitive Surgical DaVinci Xi Robotic Surgery System

Our team of skilled surgeons have the expertise, skill in all the related disciplines that have helped them achieve success in multiple minimally invasive robotic surgeries over a significant period of time. With a research wing in place, we are also constantly exploring innovative technological platforms, with state-of-the-art equipment and more modernised systems of patient care that will greatly enhance the performance of robotic assisted surgeries in the coming future.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

A minimally invasive procedure, using tiny incisions is referred to as a robotic surgery. This technique results in less post-operative pain, a decrease in the loss of blood, lesser chances of requiring blood transfusions and possibly a quicker path to recovery. The difference in between a traditional laparoscopy without using robotic assistance is that the surgeon is completely reliant on a fixed, hand-held equipment and imaging that is dependent on a typical 2-D monitor. In addition to this, another drawback of the procedure is that the precision, incision and dexterity of the surgeon will also be variable. 

For the surgeon, here are the benefits of using robotic surgery:

- The technique provides a wider range of flexibility and resourcefulness 
- The technique involves visualisation through a 3-D monitor where images displayed have higher resolutions
- With more advance instruments, the operating surgeon has superior access to the area that is being operated upon

As a patient, you are equally benefited from the procedure by:

- You stay at the hospital is comparatively shortened compared to a traditional laparoscopy
- There is a much less chance of catching an infection post operation
- There is lower blood loss
- You may require negligible amounts of blood transfusions
- Your recovery rate is reasonably fast
- You will be able to return to your normal lifestyle quickly

Robotic Surgery Procedure

Robotic surgery is a form of a minimally invasive operating technique in which trained doctors instead of making large incisions on the patient, use miniature surgical equipment that can be inserted into the patient’s body through a series of mini or quarter inch incisions to be exact. The world’s most advanced surgical robot known as da Vinci Si is used to perform these surgeries. 

The da Vinci Si is made up of three separate robotic arms on which these miniature instruments are attached. These arms permit the surgeon to have maximum access to the area where the operation is being performed upon, with utmost precision and flexibility. An additional robotic arm is mounted with a high definition 3-D camera that magnifies the entire procedure and guides the surgeon through the entire procedure. 

A console that the surgeon has access to is also located in the operating room, controls the equipment and the high definition camera. With the help of a set of master controls, the surgeon can manoeuvre da Vinci Si’s four robotic arms. At the same time, he can look through a monitor that is stereoscopic and high-definition which basically just places the surgeon inside the patient’s operating area. The 3-D view and images that the monitor provides is light years ahead of what the human eyes can view during a conventional operation. 

The surgeon controls the robotic arms and his instructions are executed with precision by the robot. If there is a need to change the progression and balance of the robot’s movements, the surgeon can do it through the master console. By choosing from a scale of three to one, the surgeon can change the angle and the range of the robot’s arm movements in tandem with the surgeon’s hand movements. The master console has been designed in such a manner that the eyes and hands of the surgeon are always in alignment with his view of the surgical site thereby minimising any occasion of tiredness and fatigue. 

As a patient, it is understandable that you may be concerned about the entire surgical procedure being performed by a robot. At Fortis, we are always happy to discuss the procedure in detail with our patients so that they able to comprehend the benefits of the process. From a patient’s perspective, while it seems that it is the robot performing the operation, in fact, the Robotic Surgical System has been designed so that the control of the robot lies only with the operating surgeon at all times. The surgeon tells the robot what needs to be done, and the robotic arms are just executing the surgeon’s instructions with precision. 

The Robotic Surgical System does not possess the intelligence to make any individual decisions. It can only obey the instructions of the surgeon and follow the hand and finger movements to complete the procedure on the patient. 

Our Team that cares

Our five-star facility at Fortis Hospitals Bannerghatta, is the destination where advanced technology meets compassionate patient care. Our objective is to minimise pain and quicken the recovery process of our patients and by applying minimally invasive surgical technologies, we are able to accomplish that goal in many ways.

With the world-class training that has been imparted to our team of surgeons performing robotic surgery, we are one of leading centres in Bengaluru to consistently provide the highest standards of treatment, surgery and care to our patients who have opted to go this route of therapy.