Health Ministry readies Robotic Telesurgery to improve health service in remote areas

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Robotic Telesurgery. Source: Liputan6)

The types of surgery that the robot can perform range from thoracic (heart and lung), digestive (pancreas, liver, spleen), urological (kidneys, bladder, prostate), and gynecology (uterine myomas, ovarian cysts, endometriosis).

“As a pilot project, there are two units of Sina-branded remote surgical robots. The units are now at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung and Sardjito Hospital in Yogyakarta,” he said.

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Reno Budiman, digestive surgeon at Hasan Sadikin Hospital also claims that robotic telesurgery has a higher accuracy than normal procedures. However, for starters, this technology should be used in operations of early stages of diseases such as tumours.

“Because the robot doesn’t move on its own, the surgeon must learn to operate it. This robot has more precise movements so it will have very minimal surgical wound,” explained Reno. (un)