Robot assisted surgeries in times of COVID

Health care has changed in unprecedented ways since the first reported case of COVID-19. During this pandemic when a doctor tells you the need for a surgery, you may feel scared, concerned and may also get panic attacks. You will probably be worried about the success of the surgery, the after effects of the surgery, how much pain you may have. The good news is that with advances in surgical technology and high pace invention of technology, you can expect a very different surgery experience at CMRI with the help of robots.

Robotics-assisted surgery enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced precision, dexterity and control even during the most complex procedures and ensures lesser bone removal, preserves natural anatomy and facilitates better post-operative outcomes for the patient (including better pain-free range of motion and faster rehabilitation to return to normal and active lifestyle).


With global case rates continuing to rise and government restrictions beginning to loosen, many worries for a second wave in future. Speaking on the subject, Dr. Rakesh Rajput, HOD & Director Department of Orthopaedics, CMRI said, “In many hospitals around the city, non-emergent surgeries were put on hold as hospitals were transformed into COVID centres. As surgeons and administrators do their best in solving this problem, the robotic surgery has been used which has many known and demonstrated benefits over open surgery and often over conventional laparoscopy.”

The clinical advantages of the robotic surgical system have never been more important than during and following this pandemic. In general, research suggests that robotic surgery is associated with improved clinical outcomes for patients in every possible way. Robotic surgery decreases the length of stay for patients, thereby increasing the availability of beds for other hospital needs. The self-contained operative field, with smoke evacuation, minimized use of energy devices it decreases the risk of potential viral transmission to any health-care staff.

During the robotic procedure, the surgeon either sits in the console or operates using a robotic arm directly. This means the robotic arm becomes an extension of the surgeon’s hand.Speaking about it, Dr. Rakesh Rajput, HOD & Director Department of Orthopaedics, CMRI said, “Infection rates or wound infection rates are fewer in these surgeries. The more contact you have, there are more risks of transmitting virus as well as bacterial infections to the patient.”

We can place a robot next to the patient and send a support team to perform types of complex surgeries, as we all know that the ratio of doctors-to-patients in India is less – that too expertise in areas such as colorectal cancer surgery is not easily available. CMRI is truly taking a big step forward with the use of latest intuitive surgical robot, and all the latest technologies.

In Eastern India we are the destination for ‘Patient care with the best of clinical excellence’. With Robotics-assisted joint replacement, we are driving our leadership ahead and ensuring that we are at par with the best in the world. CMRI benchmarks itself as a center of excellence in Orthopaedics, providing the best clinical treatment to the patients from across. The hospital strongly believe that innovation and adoption of new technologies are the touchstone of advancement of the healthcare industry. These initiatives have enabled us to save countless patients and to maintain our focus of providing continuous quality healthcare.

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