Robotic tech for neuro surgery

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015,22:12 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences,  leading private hospital in the state, has launched robotic technology for neurosurgery, ‘the first of its kind in Asia-pacific region.’    Informing this at a news conference here last night, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Medical Director Dr Prem Nair claimed that ‘AIMS,  Kochi becomes the first healthcare facility in the Asia-Pacific region to use robotic technology for neurosurgery, successfully conducting four surgeries for treatment of epilepsy since the beginning of February.’
‘Though robotics doesn’t replace a surgeon’s skill and cannot accomplish all neurosurgical tasks, it provides a precise, mathematically correct trajectory to the destination in the brain. In that trajectory, it will guide the surgeon’s instruments for whatever be the purpose,’ he said adding that ‘besides providing this precision and accuracy, it allows the surgeons to focus on other aspects of the surgery.’
Stating that the kind of surgery using robot was quite successful in conducting surgery on epilepsy patients, as the robot was comparable to a ‘GPS’ for the brain and can be used for guidance, precision and accuracy during a variety of cranial procedures, Dr Ashok Pillai, who is performing surgery with the assistance of robot, claimed that the robot was helping the surgeon by reducing his work by about 50 per cent as it would undertake the mathematical calculations of brain with more accuracy and speed.
Pointing out that it required surgical planning with preoperative imaging data, patient registration and precise positioning and handling of instrument, he said that ‘to date, ROSA is the one of two robotic assistants approved for neurosurgical procedures and in routine clinical use in Europe the United States and Canada.’
Regarding the future expansion plans in AIMS, Dr Nair said that ‘the field of robotic neurosurgery is still in its early stage of development and we have been given the tasks of developing several of these applications. Medtech specifically has developed a robot for spine surgery and we have been given the task of helping expanding the applications of robotics in spine surgery.’
Asked about whether the cost for such surgery would be higher than the current procedure, Dr Nair said that the hospital did not charge additional amount from patients.
This is for the first time in India, a hospital, both in government or in private sector was using such a modern robot for neurosurgery and besides China, India was the first country in Asia-Pacific region undertaking operations with this robots, Dr Nair claimed.