Hysterectomy Successfully Conducted by ‘Da Vinci’ Surgical Robot in Kolkata Hospital

Kolkata based Superspecialty Hospital achieved a momentous feat by conducting a first Daycare Robotic hysterectomy which was made possible by the incorporation of 4th generation Da Vinci surgical Robot available at the facility.

50-year-old Mrs. Samanta from Midnapore, West Bengal was operated by Dr. Arunava Roy, Senior Consultant Gynecologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery, Unit head of Gynae Oncology and Women Cancer Initiative, Medica Cancer Institute, Medica Superspecialty Hospital along with the Robot.

Mrs. Samanta, a middleclass homemaker from Midnapore town in West Bengal, had been suffering from heavy and prolong menstrual bleeding. Ultrasound revealed thickened endometrium (the layer of uterus from where menstrual bleeding occurs). Endometrial biopsy revealed endometrial polyp harboring endometrial hyperplasia – a precancerous condition which can progress to uterine cancer if left untreated.

She was advised hysterectomy. The patient and her family opted to undergo Robotic hysterectomy after understanding the benefits of the surgery made available through the state of art 4th generation Da Vinci surgical Robot available at Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata.

Da Vinci Surgical Robot
Da Vinci Surgical Robot

Mrs. Samanta was admitted at 7 am on the morning of surgery and was discharged the same day evening around 8 pm. Within a week, she, being a homemaker and a caregiver for her ageing mother-in-law is completely fit and returned to her normal life and performing household chores. The extra cost incurred due to consumables specific to robotic surgery was balanced out by minimal hospital stay, medications and no blood transfusion while ensuring the best quality of life after surgery.

Dr. Arunava Roy, stated, “As per WHO statistics, every 1 out of 6 human beings will have cancer in their life. Average women between 45-60 years tend to be most vulnerable but timely screening, detection, advanced cancer care and essential treatment can help them lead a healthy life. In this daycare hysterectomy the patient did not require any blood transfusion, antibiotics, or major pain killers. She was discharged on the same day with minimal medications and almost no pain. This is indeed a landmark in cancer care in eastern India and will inspire patients to not delay and come forward to avail the best treatment available at an affordable cost.”

The 4th Generation Da Vinci Xi System provides the surgeons with multi-quadrant access, improved ease-of-use, an expanded instrument portfolio and an integrated table to enable a minimally invasive option for the breadth of surgical procedures. During the pandemic, there was an increase in the number of minimally invasive surgeries like Robotic-Assisted Surgery (RAS) across therapy areas especially in cancer care, an indication that certain section of patients and surgeons are now choosing this procedure for the reason – it is more accurate and safer for the patient and surgeon with minimal post-operative care.