Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform many complex procedures with precision, flexibility, and control than conventional techniques. Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimal invasive surgery — procedures performed through small incisions. It is also sometimes used in certain traditional open surgical procedures. The most widely used clinical robotic surgical system includes a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them. The surgeon controls the arms, while seated at a computer console near the operating table. The console gives the surgeon a magnified, high definition, 3-D view of the surgical site. The surgeon leads other team members, who assist during the operation.
Robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000. The technique has been rapidly adopted by hospitals in the United States and Europe for use in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. In India, this system is available at only a few reputed hospitals.
Yenepoya Medical College Hospital, Yenepoya University, has made this advanced facility available for the first time in Dakshina Kannada District, in the Department of Urology and Oncology in highly subsidised cost or in many as cases almost free. Currently, these two departments are performing surgeries using this technology on a regular basis. This is a first medical college in the state to implement such advanced surgical facility in Coastal Karnataka region; and by a private deemed to be University.