Overview

Bumrungrad International Hospital began using robotic-assisted surgery in 2016 for prostate cancer surgical treatment. The hospital has since then, widened its scope of minimally invasive procedures performed using robotic-assisted surgery which is carried out by a surgeon but through a computer-enhanced system making it more precise and effective than traditional surgery.

Types of Robotic-Assisted Surgeries

As of the end of 2019, Bumrungrad Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Centre utilized 3 main types of robotic-assisted surgeries. These are:

  • Mazor X™ Stealth Robot-Assisted Spine Surgery: With this robotic arm, surgeons are able to perform minimally invasive surgeries in even the most challenging cases. With a 3D monitor showing real-time images clearly and an arm that can bend, turn and move freely in all directions, this technology allows for greater precision while reducing surgery time and a patient’s blood loss.
  • MAKOplasty©: This robotic system is used in providing precise and accurate treatments to patients who require knee and hip replacements. It allows for more consistency and accuracy in measurements leading to a better outcome and faster recovery for the patient.
  • Da Vinci Robotic System: Apart from prostate cancer surgery, the da Vinci robot is now being used in other areas such as the uterus, kidney, pancreas and the intestines, that require surgeons to operate within cavity areas. This robotic system allows the surgeon to make the necessary movements while observing on a computer monitor in real-time thereby, increasing precision and preventing damage to normal healthy tissue.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Bumrungrad continues to provide quality medical treatment through its team of renowned surgeons and specialists who utilise the hospital’s modern cutting-edge technology. Robotic surgery now covers nearly all body organs. Some of the conditions and diseases treated at the Robotic surgery centre are:

  • Diseases of the liver, pancreas and biliary system like gallbladder cancer, gallstones and liver cancer,
  • Gynaecological diseases like uterine cancer, ovarian tumours, fibroids and pelvic organ prolapse,
  • Gastrointestinal tract diseases such as colorectal cancer and oesophageal cancer,
  • Urinary tract diseases including cancers of the prostate, bladder and kidney,
  • Respiratory and chest diseases like chest wall tumours and lung cancer, and
  • General surgery such as bariatric surgery for obesity, hernia surgery and other surgeries such as surgery of the spleen and adrenal tumours.

Advantages of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery has revolutionised how surgeries are carried out improving the precision and patients’ quality of life. Why is robotic surgery a revolutionary technology in the medical world?

  1. Precision and accuracy: The robotic surgery system offers precision as it enables the surgeon and surgical assistants to view in real-time images of the surgical site enabling 10 times better magnification than in traditional surgery. Accuracy is crucial especially in diseases like cancer as it enables the surgeon to remove only the cancerous tissue without interfering with normal healthy tissue. With robotic surgery, the surgeon can even zoom into the surgical site and make 360° movement.
  2. Time taken on Surgery: Robotic surgery also reduces the time spent by surgeons performing surgery as compared to traditional surgery and especially for surgeons who are experienced in using this new technology.
  3. Shorter Recovery period: For patients who choose to go through robotic surgery, they require less time to recover as the incisions used are small unlike in traditional surgery.
  4. Minimal Blood Loss: As opposed to traditional surgery where the surgical site is literally opened up, robotic surgery reduces blood loss significantly due to the small incisions made during the surgery. With minimal blood loss, patients rarely require blood transfusions.
  5. Reduction in Infection Risk: Due to the small incisions, in most cases antibiotics are not required as the risk of infection is highly reduced.

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