Apollo Hospitals sets-up Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery program at Bengaluru

Renowned surgeon Dr Sathyaki P Nambala helms it at Apollo Hospitals,Bannerghatta Road

Bengaluru: Apollo Hospitals Bengaluru announced the launch of a dedicated Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery Unit for minimally invasive cardiac surgery.The unit will be led by Dr. Sathyaki P Nambala, Sr. Consultant, Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgeon and HoD, Robotic Cardiac Surgery Unit and will be equipped with advanced fourth-generation ‘da Vinci Xi’ robotic surgical system.

Dr K Hariprasad, President, Apollo Hospitals said, “Our vision has always been to bring the most advanced medical technology to India to benefit our patients. We are continuing on this path with the launch of the dedicated Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery Unit.”


Dr. Sathyaki P Nambala, Sr. Consultant, Cardiac Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon and HoD, Robotic Cardiac Surgery Unit said, “The development of a Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery program requires a tremendous amount of dedication and preparation, and we are proud to have launched a dedicated program in India.”

“The Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery Program will now be accessible to patients, not just across the nation, but globally too, thus making India a one-stop destination for robotic surgery. One of the major features of the specialised unit lies is that it will help reduce strain on the surgeon, by providing excellent vision, along with an increase in comfort while performing long surgeries, said Davison PK, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Bengaluru.

The Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery Unit will offer patients complex cardiac disease treatment reducing length-of-stay where they can return home in just three days as compared to the conventional procedure where discharge takes 7-8 days.

Dr Nambala said that the team started robotic cardiac surgeries at the Bengaluru center from August 2019 onward and till date has done 25 procedures. The procedure – Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery – takes longer time than traditional open heart surgery by an hour. The total cost of robot-assisted cardiac surgery costs 10-15 per cent higher than the conventional procedure.

The da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System approved by the USFDA, is the latest innovations of modern surgery and represents dedication in providing the highest quality care to patients. The da Vinci Xi provides high resolution 3D visualisation, up to ten-times magnification of the operating field, movement scaling, and dual console systems for surgeon cooperation and training. The da Vinci Xi robotic system costs upto INR 25Cr in India.

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