COVID-19 drives robotic surgery for patients
In the COVID-19 era, the increasing use of surgical robotics can enable patients to get minimally invasive procedures, while providing greater protection to the surgical team, when compared to manual minimally invasive surgeryUpdated: Aug 27, 2020, 16:49 IST
COVID-19 has presented a challenge to health systems around the world and has made surgery more high-risk. With 313 million people around the world undergoing surgery every year taking additional measures to protect the surgical team and the patient is very important. Conducting minimally invasive techniques is complex and poses a greater risk to the surgical team during COVID-19. However, robotic technology is enabling surgeons to deliver the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to patients, without having to compromise their safety. In the COVID-19 era, the increasing use of surgical robotics can enable patients to get minimally invasive procedures, while providing greater protection to the surgical team, when compared to manual minimally invasive surgery. For patients, it is clear that minimally invasive, or keyhole procedures brings benefits when compared to open surgery – not least to reduce the risk of surgical site infections, and help patients to get out of hospital, and get home quicker. The importance of this has become even more so today, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is strong evidence showing that patients with a surgical site infection have a 2-11 times higher risk of death compared with a patient that doesn’t get a surgical site infection. So, to deliver the best patient care all steps should be taken to reduce the risk of a surgical site infection for a patient. If the risk of surgical site infections between having open and laparoscopic surgery is compared, the difference is significant. If a patient is to have their appendix removed using open technique, the risk of a surgical site infection Doubles as compared to a Laparoscopic minimally invasive technique. It is also undisputed that during COVID-19 where hospital bed space is under pressure, every effort should be made to support patients to have a shorter length of stay in hospital and help them to return home quicker.
Dr. Ramakant Panda from the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, one of just a few centers in India offering patients surgical robotic procedures has commented “Patient safety is our key priority and with COVID-19 we need to make sure we can conduct surgery in the best way possible for patients. We believe that surgical robotics offers this enhanced safety for patients. With physical distancing maintained while the surgeon sits at the console, this has the potential to reduce the likelihood of the patient or surgical team catching COVID19. We are happy we will be offering surgery using Versius, a surgical robot.
Robotic surgery can enhance surgery and help patients in the COVID era, as well as has the potential to support surgery during future pandemics. When conducting manual minimally invasive techniques, the surgeon is within very close proximity of the patient with more of the surgical team in the operating room, so this considerably increases the risk of contracting the infection and infecting the patient. In robotic surgery, the surgeon is more than 6 feet away while also reducing the number of people in the operating room. Versius, the surgical robot is controlled from a console away from the operating table, but with clear sight and easy access to the patient at all times.
With individual, small, modular robotic arms around the operating table, the surgeon can control the robotic arms from the console with 3D HD vision, and easy to adopt instrument control. In addition, as the surgeon operates both the instrument and visualisation arms there is no need for an assistant to operate the camera – helping reduce the risk of COVID transmission to patient and hospitals to work efficiently with less manpower at a time of increased pressure.
COVID-19 places attention on hospitals to deliver the best patient care at a time when resources are under high pressure. Hospitals need to think differently during COVID-19 and surgical robotics offers a glimpse into the future of the operating room where technology can help the surgical team deliver minimally invasive surgery in a way that brings benefit to the surgical team, patient – and ultimately the hospital. It is important that patients do not delay during COVID, as with Versius Robotic surgery the patient recovers fast with virtually no pain/ little pain and there is reduced risk of COVID transmission - So Versius is an Opportunity. It is an affordable option, as it is marginally higher than manual laparoscopy, but has various benefits especially at this time.” For more details & enquiries, please contact – 9322760158 / email@example.com
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