Manipal Hospital in Banaglore, India, has become the first in the country to perform a Thyroidectomy and surgery on a larynx cancer patient using robotics.
The major outcome of robot assisted surgery is the absence of scars on the operated area of the patient, enhanced precision, minimal loss of blood and quicker patient recovery.
Manipal Hospitals medical director Sudarshan Ballal said that the robot assisted surgery is a breakthrough technology, which improves patient outcomes as well as enhancing the skills of surgeons.
"With enhanced precision and minimal loss of blood, patients are discharged within two to three days of their surgery, with no scarring in the operated area and also ensuring a better quality of life," Ballal added.
The hospital performed robot assisted thyroidectomy on a patient suffering from a thyroid tumour.
The patient was discharged on the same day of the surgery with few signs of surgery, the hospital said.
The facility also performed the transoral robotic surgery (TORS) on a patient suffering from cancer of the base tongue and pharynx.
For this patient, the margins were all negative for malignancy and recovery was very fast. The patient had no scars on his face or neck, no speech problems and no tracheostomy without any associated morbidity of swallowing.
Manipal Hospital Department of Surgical Oncology HOD Dr Somashekhar said: "Robotic surgery will play a vital role in taking the healthcare industry to an all new level in future. Robotic technology not only addresses every aspect of the patients’ needs, but also offers tremendous ease for surgeons."
Image: Robot Assisted Thyroid and Transoral Surgery was performed at Manipal Hospital. Photo: courtesy of Amol.Gaitonde.