Apollo proton cancer centre launches new robot-assisted cancer surgery unit

Apollo proton cancer centre launches new robot-assisted cancer surgery unit

Apollo Proton Cancer Centre has recently launched its dedicated robot-assisted cancer surgery unit to offer patients with comprehensive cancer care under one roof. The centre also completed its first robotic procedure on a 40 year old patient with colon cancer.

The Apollo Institute of Robotic Surgery offers specialised 360 degree care with advanced robotics system for complex surgeries.

The state-of-the-art operating theatres are equipped with the fourth-generation ‘Da Vinci Surgical System’. The four-armed surgical robotic system is a breakthrough in surgical technology and is one of the most advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery available today.

Robot-assisted surgery integrates advanced computer technology with the experience of skilled surgeons. This technology provides the surgeon with a 10x magnified, high definition, 3D-image of the body’s intricate anatomy. The controls in the console allow the surgeon to manipulate special surgical instruments that are smaller, as well as more flexible and maneuverable than the human hand. The surgeon is thus in complete control of the surgical procedure. The robot helps replicate the surgeon’s hand movements while minimising hand tremors. The surgery is thus conducted with enhanced precision, dexterity, and control even during the most complex procedures.

Dr. Ajit Pai, Senior Consultant, Lead GI Surgical Oncologist and Robotic surgeon, Apollo Hospitals and his team successfully completed the first robotic surgery at the new unit in Apollo Proton Cancer Centre treating a patient who was diagnosed with colon cancer. The patient after a radical cancer operation, was discharged uneventfully within 48 hours.

The Robotic assisted surgery has its own advantage compared to the open or laparoscopic surgeries. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform delicate procedures like rectal cancer, oesophageal cancer, gynaecological and prostate cancer surgeries while preserving the nerve fibres and blood vessels surrounding the affected organ. This is because of the enhanced precision and control offered by the system.

The superior vision that the robotics field offers enables surgeons to clearly differentiate between tissue planes, and perform precise tumour removal. The da Vinci system allows better cancer clearance, while still preserving the healthy tissue, by scaling the surgeon’s movements.

“The major advantages of robotic surgery are less damage to healthy tissue, reduced risk of wound infection, minimal blood loss during surgery, faster return of urinary continence and sexual function (for pelvic cancer surgeries), quicker return of bowel movement, reduced hospital stay, faster recovery, less pain and less visible scars,” stated Dr. Pai.

“The operation is as radical and, in some instances, even more radical than open surgery due to enhanced vision and instrument ergonomics,”he added.