Sun. Dec 8th, 2019

Today the Entire Continuum of Care Rests on Advanced Technologies : Dr. Rajendra Patankar

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To achieve Universal Health Coverage with a focus on affordability, accessibility, and quality, the Indian healthcare sector is undergoing a major transformation in terms of use and adoption of newer technologies. The prime objective of the sector is to administer the best quality of care. Over the years, health institutions have been adopting cutting-edge technologies. Integrated electronic health records, apps, wearable, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printers, telemedicine, genomics and robots are being absorbed into clinical environments with greater frequency.

Today, medical technology is solving complex global problems. Specialty health institutions in the last couple of years have equipped them with the most advanced technologies which are supporting entire continuum of care. Patient-centric approach combined with best practices, procedures, and people is yielding positive results.

The all-new inclusion of the latest surgical technologies, such as the Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery techniques has come as a boon for patients.In minimally invasive techniques of surgery, doctors can operate with greater control and vision. It provides a magnified, 3-D view of the surgical site and helps the surgeon operate with precise surgical procedures, flexibility, and control, allowing them to perform safe and less invasive. Patients have been operated through robotic surgery and results are encouraging.

Unlike traditional open surgeries, in robot-assisted surgery, surgeons operate from a console equipped with two master controllers that manoeuvre four robotic arms. By viewing a high-definition 3-D image on the console, the surgeon is able to see the surgical procedure precisely than ever before. Computer software takes the place of actual hand movements and can make the surgery precise.

Robotic Surgery is the most revolutionary and the newest form of Minimally Invasive or Laparoscopic surgery performed by an expert surgeon with the assistance of a computer-controlled robot. The Da Vinci Xi is the world’s most advanced robotic surgical system and is regarded as the disruptive innovation of minimally invasive surgery. This technology is specially designed for performing highly sophisticated, multi-quadrant surgery and also relatively simpler single-quadrant surgery, offering a high level of comfort for patients and surgeons alike. Though expensive compared to conventional surgeries, robotic Surgery requires a shorter hospital stay, thereby considerably decreasing the hospitalization cost. It also provides faster recovery, enabling patients to return to their normal life quicker.

Even though the surgery is performed by the robot, the entire procedure is in complete control of the surgeon.Surgical robots are self-powered, computer-controlled devices that can be programmed to aid in the positioning and manipulation of surgical instruments. It helps the surgeon to perform complex surgical tasks through small incisions. Ultimately, in a robotic surgery, the surgeon gets the liberty to execute a surgery with better accuracy, flexibility and control. Now robotic surgeries are being done in several specialties and subspecialties such as Gastro-Intestinal (GI), Oncology, Cardiology, Renal, and Gynaecology.

Another disruptive technology which is making a huge difference is 3D C-Arm. This best-in-class imaging technology has transformed the way we perform surgeries.In the last decade, spinal surgery has gone through numerous technological innovations. The field has witnessed advancements in operative techniques, implants, biologics and equipment such as computer-assisted navigation and surgical robotics. Also, with the arrival of real-time image guidance and imaging ability to process and reconstruct these data into an interactive three-dimensional spinal “map”, a surgeon is now better equipped than ever in terms of understanding the complications in a surgical field.

New Trends 

In the past decades, the world has witnessed a constant revolution in healthcare. But that in no way implies that the traditional healthcare practices are thrown out of the window. It simply means that the new innovations and discoveries in the healthcare universe are simplifying the medical processes and carefully wiping off the idea of “impossible” from the medical history. However, the implementation process is taking a time delay owing to the fact that the process involves a huge budget. Robotic surgeries, 3D C Arm, and other new medical technologies clearly prove that the changing clinical practices with new technologies are providing better outcomes and patient safety.

 

This Article First Published on health.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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