TThanks to the promoters of INFOYSYS, The city got a shot in the arm in medical technology when the Infosys Institute for Robotic Surgery was started at Narayana Health City on Thursday. This is the first such institute in India, said Devi Shetty, chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya.

It will be used for prostate, kidney, gynaecological, colo-rectal and select head and neck cancer surgeries. In robotic surgery, a surgeon operates using a robot. When the surgeon makes a movement on his console, it is replicated by the robot. The robot’s arms will be inserted into the patient’s body through small holes. Surgical instruments will be connected to the robot’s arms. Robotic surgeries are a step ahead from laparoscopic surgeries, minimising its disadvantages. Another advantage is that robotic surgery provides 3D vision while laparoscopic works in 2D. The instruments used in robotic surgery need to be disposed after a certain number of operations, usually 10.

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