Manipal Hospital Sets a Benchmark in Utilizing Robotic technology & AI-driven Healthcare

The advent of robotic technology and artificial intelligence has brought about a boon in healthcare practice, offering both patients and surgeons unparalleled benefits. According to the data from NCBI, the success rate of robotic surgery is around 94% to 100% in India. There are very few complications in robotic surgery than conventional methods.

On this front, Manipal Hospital Old Airport Road Bengaluru held an interactive session today, with students from neighbourhood schools, residents from housing societies, and media personalities. Three eminent doctors Dr. Lokesh, A V, Consultant – Orthopaedic & Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery; Dr. K Hemanth Kumar, Consultant – GI, HPB & Robotic Surgery, and Dr. Hemanth G N, Consultant – Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery from Manipal Hospital Old Airport Road Bengaluru graced the session with their insights on how AI and robotics is the way forward in healthcare and it has influenced medical treatment over the years.

The conference delved into the discussion about the significant advantages of robotic surgery with doctors being the indispensable part of this advancement to put technology in its right use. In terms of precision (less than one millimeter) and minimized dissection, the use of robotics technology ensures there is a minimal to near zero margin of error.

*Dr. Lokesh A V, Consultant – Orthopaedic & Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery, Manipal Hospital Old Airport Road, Bengaluru* highlighted that the shift from traditional surgery to robotic surgery has been driven by the need for accurate outcomes and improved results. He mentioned, “While the success rate of robotic surgery is similar to that of conventional surgery, robotic surgery has demonstrated better long-term outcomes in complex cases of joint replacements. At Manipal Hospital Old Airport Road, all joint replacements done with robotic assistance have achieved success rates of about 99%. Patients benefit from faster recovery, aided by reduced post-operative pain and improved accuracy in implant positioning.”

He further explained, “Before undergoing robotic joint replacement, patients undergo a CT (computed tomography) scan. The images obtained from the CT scan are fed into the robot, which creates a 3D model of the joint and the surrounding structures, enabling the surgeon to see the joint from all angles and make precise measurements, ensuring a smooth and successful surgical process.”

Reiterating the role of robotics over laparoscopic surgery, *Dr. K Hemanth Kumar, GI, HPB & Robotic Surgery, Manipal Hospital Old Airport Road, Bengaluru* said, “Robotic surgery offers better features and technology like 3D imaging, 10-time magnification, and tremor filtration. Its specially designed articulated instruments with 7 degrees of motion (Endowrist technology) are more accurate and safe for complex surgeries near vital structures like the heart and liver. In complicated gastrointestinal surgeries, advanced features like the firefly technique and smart fire technology come in handy for better demarcation and joining of intestines with a very high success rate.”

Emphasizing the transformative nature of robotic cancer surgery, *Dr. Hemanth G N, Consultant – Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery, Manipal Hospital Old Airport Road, Bengaluru* added, “Cancer surgery has undergone a significant change in recent years, and we are now on the brink of a robotic revolution in the field of surgical procedures. Earlier, cancer surgery was associated with fear, large scars, and prolonged hospitalization. But, now, with the focus shift to personalizing cancer surgeries to the integration of robotics in healthcare, we are able to cater to the unique needs of individual patients, with an approach involving small, precise incisions using advanced technology and instrumentation. Several randomised clinical trials have proven that Robotic Cancer Surgery is not inferior to conventional cancer surgery but with superior patient satisfaction and quality of life.”

With the rapid progress and advancement in artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, robotic surgery is definitely the future of surgical practice and will soon become the sought-after technique for managing complex surgical conditions in the days to come.