I began performing robotic surgery at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India, ten years ago. Robots have been an integral aspect of urology over time. After training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, I began doing robotic surgery at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.
I’m seeing an increasing number of robotic procedures performed, as well as more surgeons being trained and employing robotic surgery. Patient awareness has improved as well. Previously, there was only one robotic system, the Da Vinci system; presently, there are two robotic systems, Hugo and Da Vinci.
Robots have aided doctors in performing complex procedures with minimum morbidity and allowing patients to recuperate fast after major operations. Unfortunately, the cost has not decreased significantly over time. The good news is that robotic surgery has been approved by some medical insurance companies. Robotic surgery will be around for a while, and with the introduction of new robotic systems, costs should fall.