Better safety & affordability: A close view of the robotic surgery instrument!
India got the taste of its first robotic surgery back in 2010 when for the first time, Gurgaon based Medanta hospital offered the same in cardiac, urology and gynaecology under one roof. It had joined hands with US-based Vattikutti Foundation and launched Medanta Vattikutti Institute of Robotic Surgery (MVIRS). Back then this minimally invasive surgical technique was watched with much awe as the development was considered historical in nature. From just 6 machines few years down the line, our country has reached 28 robotic machines in 2014. India at the moment stands at fourth position and is expected to be at 2nd position after the United States.
Beaming with a great amount of confidence is the chairman of Vattikuti Foundation, Dr Raj Vattikuti who during his interaction with the BioSpectrum, threw light on the untouched aspects of surgical innovations. "Surgical robots are gradually making inroads into the Indian operation theatre. Vattikuti Foundation is committed to bring advance surgical technology to the common men. The Foundation is well on the way to achieving its target of 300 fully trained robotic surgeons. Soon, we will have fifty high volume robotic surgery programs all over the country," said Dr Vattikuti.
The Vattikuti Foundation, a non-profit organization that was founded by Raj and Padma Vattikuti in 1997, is now aiming to install 40 machines by the end of 2015.
Can the underdog section afford it?
Among the major targets in the area are affordability, increase in volumes and developing skill sets. The cost of any Robotic surgery (also called computer aided digital tissue interaction) can be brought down between Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh per surgery if the volumes go up from current 3.5 thousand surgeries to 20 thousand surgeries a year.
To this question, the Foundastion chairman says that it is committed to make robotic surgery and other technologically advanced medical procedures of the future cost effective and available to underprivileged communities. It recently organized "Vattikuti Global Robotics 2015" three day multispecialty Robotic Surgery Conference (VGR) at New Delhi to provide a comprehensive and exciting program dedicated to the work of robotic surgeons in various specialties.