North East India soon to have robots performing surgery on their patients for the first time. The Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) from Guwahati, Assam has introduced a robo-assisted laparoscopic surgery machine which was acquired from Vattikuti Technologies.
BBCI director Amal Chandra Kataki said that robotic technology is not a specialised technology to treat a particular ailment but one of the most integral tools in an operation theatre to ensure precision and increase success rate. He also said that it is only a matter of time that we will have more of such machines and he wants to make sure that when that happens there are trained surgeons here to operate those machines.
A workshop was conducted at the institute on Monday were the machine was handed over. The workshop also had good participation where a good number of 200 surgeons from Assam and other northeastern states took part.
“So far, there are 46 robotic surgery machines across the country. The nearest to Assam is at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in Calcutta. The region is in need of such technology at the earliest,” Sanjay Mehrotra, national head of Vattikutti Technologies said.
Operated by a remote, the robo-assisted laparoscopic surgery machine has four arms of which two of its arms are used in making incision, while the other two, equipped with a camera, forceps, scissors and other surgical devices, conduct the surgery. There is also a viewing port through which the surgeon can have 3D imaging of the surgery area.
The machine can be used to conduct both laparoscopic surgery and open surgery. In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes small incision on the body and inserts laparoscopes inside to conduct the surgery. In open surgery, the area of operation is cut.
Sanjay Gogoi, head of urology and renal transplant department of Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, said the machine provides better vision, precision and control to a surgeon than the manual laparoscopic technology.
“The robotic arm can move in several ways that the manual laparoscopes can never do. It gives a better vision, and therefore, we don’t have to hold the camera manually,” Gogoi said.
Source: TNT-TheNortheastToday (The Telegraph)