Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune, India, has deployed Versius, a next-generation surgical robotic system.

Claimed to have become the first hospital in the world to acquire this system, Galaxy has already conducted a range of surgical procedures such as transthoracic, hysterectomies and myomectomies, using Versius at its laparoscopy centre.

Galaxy Care expects the introduction of Versius to help it bring robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery to more people.

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, consultant oncologist, surgeon and medical director of Galaxy Care, will lead the team in using Versius.

Dr Puntambekar has been carrying out robotic-assisted surgeries for more than a decade in the country.

With its small form factor and portability, Versius serves as the next-generation surgical robotic system to support surgeons to deliver minimal access surgery to patients.

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Dr. Puntambekar said: “As an experienced surgeon in robotic assisted surgery I think that there is significant potential for Versius to further increase access to laparoscopic surgery for my patients, so it was a natural choice to acquire this system. Versius, as a small and cost-effective system is well suited for meeting the high surgical demand in India. We are excited to bring the next-generation surgical robot to India.”

CMR Surgical chief medical officer Mark Slack said: “Galaxy Care has become our first customer to acquire and use Versius and this is an important milestone in bringing the benefits of minimal access surgery to all. We are pleased to be working with a centre that has some of the best surgeons in the world, meeting a high surgical demand. It is important that we bring Versius to market responsibly and we are delighted to be working closely with Galaxy Care on the introduction of Versius in the hospital.”

The launch of Versius also represents the launch of the clinical registry for the robotic system. Claimed to be the world’s first, the registry is part of CMR Surgical’s commitment to post-market surveillance as part of the IDEAL framework .

The clinical registry, which is managed by CMR Surgical, records and monitors the patient outcomes of all procedures performed using the Versius Surgical Robotic System for patient safety.

Among the outcome measures recorded comprises length of stay, operative time, return to hospital within 30 days, and return to operating room within 24 hours.

Versius Surgical Robotic System is expected to be introduced in hospitals across Europe this year.