Posted on December 28, 2014

Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s foremost healthcare provider, is reinforcing its pre-eminence as a centre of medical excellence by offering advanced robot-assisted surgery options to its international patient community based in Qatar. More than 175 robotic spine surgeries have been successfully performed at Apollo Hospitals already and the technology is being widely used in other specialities in the hospital. Over 60,000 foreign patients from across the world have been successfully treated at the hospital during the last five years and the numbers are looking up every year.

Robot-assisted surgery, or robotics, integrates advanced computer technology with the experience of skilled surgeons to perform intricate, minimally invasive procedures with high precision, better results and less damage to the patient’s body. The robot replicates the surgeon's hand movements while minimising hand tremors and maximising manoeuvrability. A pioneer in minimally invasive procedures in India, Apollo Hospitals have successfully performed a wide range of procedures using robotic technology, ranging from complex reconstructions on childhood deformities to minimally invasive surgeries for lower back disorders.

“Robotics has redefined the way critical surgeries - particularly minimally invasive procedures - are performed.  The technology provides the surgeon with a 10 times larger, high-definition, 3D-image of the body's anatomy. With such a magnified image and console in front of him the surgeon can guide small surgical instruments within the human body with improved flexibility, dexterity and precision,” said Dr.K.Hariprasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals. Patients opting for robotic surgeries benefit by way of significant reductions in tissue damage, pain, blood loss, infection risk and visible scars as well as faster recovery.The technology is successfully used in the treatment of varied disorders including cancers, fibroids, cardiac disorders, congenital defects, obesity and metabolic disorders.

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“Robotics and minimally-invasive surgeries have been a strong focus for Apollo Hospital in recent years. The hospital is equipped with advanced robotics such as the da Vinci® Surgical System and the Renaissance™ Robotic Surgical System for spine surgeries. In spine surgeries particularly we have seen improved patient outcomes from robotic surgery,” added Dr. Hariprasad. Apollo Hospitals is a major referral centre for minimally invasive surgeries and receives a large number of patients from all over the world looking for affordable, superior quality medical care along with less waiting time and minimum hospital stay.

Recently, Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, had teamed up with Apollo Hospitals, to connect international patients with quality healthcare services in India. As part of the joint venture, the patients and their attendants from 19 countries across Middle East and Africa can visit the hospital’s flagship locations in Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and Bangalore to avail specially formulated fares for round-trip flights on Emirates.