Robotic Surgery

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ROBOTIC CANCER SURGERY IN PUNE

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery is a latest technological advancement, and it assists surgeons in the most complex surgical procedures. The incisions are smaller than traditional open surgery (also referred to as minimally invasive) minimizing scaring, chances of infection, and it provides a faster recovery. Robotic instrumentation is more precise, and the instruments used can navigate through a patient with rotation and positioning that the human hand cannot achieve. The da Vinci System is the most advanced robot, and it has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. The da Vinci System is the most advanced robot in the market and it’s safety and effectiveness is “changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.” More so, the precision and maneuverability is far superior to that of the human hand. The multiple arms of the da Vinci system give the surgeon more operating capabilities.  It’s 3D and High definition cameras with magnified view give the doctor a clear view, and its precise calibration and accuracy ensures greater outcomes in the most complex and delicate procedures.

Consult Dr. Aditya Kulkarni (MCh GI Surgery), consultant Robotic GI cancer surgeon at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune for GI, hepatobiliary and cancer surgery.  Rupa Rahul Bajaj Robotic Centre at Ruby Hall Clinic is the first robotic surgery center of Pune region. Dr. Aditya Kulkarni is the only GI cancer surgeon to provide such internationally proven robot-assisted technology in the city. He performs complex GI cancer surgery for oesophagus cancer (food pipe cancer), stomach cancer, colon and rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, and gallbladder cancer using da Vinci Si Surgical Platform with excellent results. 

Robotic Surgery Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How does robotic-assisted surgery work?

Working from a special console in the operating room, a surgeon operates several precision-guided robotic arms that hold and manipulate miniaturized instruments that are inserted through keyhole-sized incisions. A small video camera provides surgeons with magnified 3D images of the organs. This view allows doctors to see and avoid surrounding nerves and muscles. The robotic arms, which can rotate 360 degrees, enable surgical instruments to be moved with greater precision, flexibility and range of motion than in standard laparoscopy.

Robotic surgery typically includes the following components, which are all located in the same room as the patient and the physician and medical staff:

  • Surgeons Console: The control center of the system is where the surgeon works and where they control the movement of the robotic instruments and endoscope.
  • Patient Side Cart: This area is composed of three or four articulated mechanical arms.   These arms support the endoscopic instruments & camera during the surgical procedure.
  • Electronic Cart: The component that holds the hardware and software.

Compared to traditional techniques, robotic surgery operates through very tiny incisions, which drastically reduce a patient’s time in the hospital. The HD 3 dimensional cameras allow surgeons close-up views in areas they can’t see during open surgery. In comparison to open surgery having the assistance of a fully articulating robotic arm allows the surgeon to have a greater dexterity and precise control which was not possible to achieve with traditional surgery and conventional laparoscopic instruments.

Who does the surgery? The surgeon or the robot?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions! Your surgeon fully controls the entire procedure – NOT the robotic technology. The technology is a tool and does not replace the role of your surgeon during your procedure.

Is robotic surgery a “minimally invasive” procedure?

Yes, robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. A minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions rather than large ones or uses existing entryways into the body. Robotic surgery is “minimally invasive” and “minimal access” procedure. Generally, minimally invasive procedures cause less pain and result in a faster recovery.

How is robotic surgery different from other minimally invasive surgeries available for patients?

During a standard laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon stands next to the operating room bed and utilizes hand-held instruments to perform your procedure. This requires a series of small incisions. Using robotic technology, instead, your surgeon is seated at a console, using their own hands to manoeuvre the arms and instruments of the da Vinci system. Again, this requires just a few small incisions. From that console, your surgeon has 3D vision and the ability to rotate his or hands in angles and to degrees that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.

What are the patient benefits associated with undergoing robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is safer and typically results in a number of benefits for patients, including:

  • less blood loss
  • less pain after surgery
  • shorter hospital stay
  • quicker recovery
  • quicker return to work and normal life

What is the recovery time in robotic surgeries?

Robotics procedures involve smaller incisions than traditional “open” surgeries, which reduces blood loss and postoperative recovery times. Patients typically experience significantly less pain and blood loss than in conventional “open incision” procedures. Patients also tend to enjoy quicker recovery times. Traditional open surgery can require several days of hospitalization and recovery time can last several months. While every case is unique, the return to normal, everyday activities (except for lifting heavy objects and strenuous exercise) following robotic-assisted surgery can occur in as little as two to three weeks.

Does insurance cover robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers robotic surgery. It is important, however, to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. You should check with your insurance carrier for detailed information prior to your surgery.

What is the difference between a robotic surgery and a laparoscopic surgery?

A robotic surgery has greater flexibility because the robot has greater range of motion than your surgeon’s hand. This makes the surgery easier and safer.

Why is there less blood loss with robotic-assisted surgery?

The use of the robotic equipment in surgery means a more precise and less disruptive procedure, which helps control potential sources of bleeding.

Does the robot operate by itself?

The robotic system cannot “think” on its own. It only responds to your surgeon’s precise hand and finger movements. Your surgeon is in the operating room, directing the procedure the entire time.

How does the surgeon see what he or she is doing?

There is a camera inside your body, which sends real-time images to your surgeon, seated at a console. In fact, the images your surgeon sees using da Vinci are more highly magnified, with a sharper resolution, then what he or she would see standing over you.

Can any doctor use a da Vinci?

A surgeon cannot simply walk into an operating room and start using a robotic surgical system without proper training. Just because a hospital has a surgical robot available, does not mean that the surgeons there can operate using a robot. Robotic surgery training requires years of perseverance and training.

Dr. Aditya Kulkarni is the only robotic GI cancer surgeon in Pune who has completed a dedicated fellowship in robotic surgery, with experience of more than 200 major robotic cancer surgeries.

Is robotic surgery available for any surgical procedure?

Robotic surgery is available for many but not all surgical procedures. Sometimes, even if a robotic option is available, it might not be the best approach for you. However, the vast majority of surgeries can be performed using robotic technology. Consult your surgeon for details regarding your specific operation, or seek a second opinion with us.

What if I want to have an open operation? Will you still operate on me?

Yes, it is up to the patient to choose which type of surgical procedure he/she wants. If an open procedure is what you want, we will be there to help you. Dr. Aditya is trained in some of the best institutes for open surgery in India. Hence, he is the best GI cancer surgeon in Pune who can do all open as well as robotic cancer surgeries.

Dr. Aditya Kulkarni is the best surgical gastroenterologist, robotic cancer surgeon, advanced laparoscopic cancer surgeon and in Pune, Maharashtra, who is qualified and experienced in gastrointestinal cancer surgery.

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