The Yenepoya Medical College Hospital achieved the distinction of being the first hospital in the Coastal Karnataka region to establish an Advanced Robotic Centre with the latest Da Vinci minimally invasive surgical technology. The state of the art centre was inaugurated on 30th July 2016 by the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka, Shri Vajubhai Vala. The Centre works with a team of dedicated doctors and has successfully completed 150+ Robotic assisted surgeries in the hospital.
The centre is undertaking lot of awareness building measures to help the general public understand Robotic surgery. Before the surgery the patients are given proper counselling about this surgery and it’s benefits. The Robot does not do anything on its own, every movement of the Robot is controlled by a surgeon who sits at the console. The use of these technologies is enabling the medical students of the Yenepoya Medical College to get exposed to the changing face of surgery and medical care in today’s world.
Robotic surgery was developed to overcome the limitations of invasive surgery and to enhance the capability of open surgery. In the past, surgeons had to make large incisions in order to reach the organs they needed to operate on. This often meant big, ugly scars and long recovery period. Robotic surgery offers patients the possibility of less invasive surgery, with smaller incisions, less scarring, decreased post-operative pain, and shorter hospital stay.
Robotic surgery has only been around since the early 2000s. In India, this advanced surgery is available only at a handful of reputed hospitals. With the establishment of this centre, Yenepoya Medical College Hospital has made this advanced facility available for the first time in Dakshina Kannada District and Northern Kerala. It also became the first medical college in the state to implement such advanced surgical facility in Coastal Karnataka region by a private Deemed to be University under the Department of Urology and Oncology. Keeping in view the large number of below poverty line patients under various government schemes who come for treatment, the hospital is making this facility available to them at highly subsidised cost and in many cases almost free.