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The Institute of Robotic Surgery supported by Infosys Foundation was recently launched by Narayana Hrudayalaya Bangalore, one of the leading hospitals headquartered in Bengaluru at its flagship unit at Narayana Health City. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System will be used primarily for prostate, kidney, gynecological, colorectal and select head & neck cancer surgeries.
Talking about the launch of ‘Infosys Institute of Robotic Surgery’, Mrs. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson – Infosys Foundation stated that, “The need to adopt and continually update treatment protocols that reduce errors is crucial for a country like India, which sees high patient volumes and a wide spectrum of complex diseases. Robotic surgery, with its high degree of precision and faster recovery time, has the potential to address this efficiently. Our partnership with Narayana Health Bangalore, incontestably a pioneer in delivering world-class healthcare, is aimed at encouraging rapid adoption of robotics in healthcare in India. Through this endowment, we also intend to provide impetus for further research in this area, and enable the masses to reap the benefits of affordable and high-quality treatment.”
There has been a dramatic change in the technique of surgical intervention on the human body over the years. It took over 30 years for laparoscopic surgery to replace open abdominal operation. “World is on the threshold of a major transition from laparoscopic surgery to robotic surgery”, said Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman – Narayana Health. He further added that, “It is a matter of time before most procedures on the human body will be done better with the robotics. However, for the large scale technical adoption of robotic surgery major hitch is the surgeon’s skill.”
Explaining further about the need and importance of training programs on surgical robots, Dr. Devi Shetty said, “Infosys Foundation always believed in the power of technology to transform the world and address the human sufferings. With that objective, Infosys Foundation donated ‘da Vinci Surgical Robot’ to develop Infosys Institute of Robotic Surgery to train robotic surgeons for the future. The philosophy of creating the institution is to train any surgeon with a passion to learn robotic surgery and certify them to start robotic surgical program in different parts of the country. NH Foundation along with Infosys Foundation strongly believes that this is the only way robotic surgery services will be available to the common man of this country”.