New Delhi , January 20, 2021: The first made-in-India telerobotic surgical system was unveiled yesterday at a hybrid media event with live and virtual participants.
The system is the brainchild of US-returned cardiac surgeon Dr Sudhir P. Srivastava whose company SS Innovations designed, developed and manufactured the system in the Andhra Pradesh Medical Technology Zone in Visakhapatnam. The launch marked the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO Niti Ayog and AMTZ CEO Dr Jitender Sharma as Dr Srivastava explained the salient features of this exemplar of Atma nirbhar Bharat and make-in-India.
The SSI MANTRA (Multi-Arm Novel Tele Robotic Assistance) Surgical Robotic System compares with the best in the world competition and even improves on some specifications.
The MANTRA system was recently utilised for the first in human pilot study at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, where the surgeons successfully completed 18 complex Urology, Gynaecology and General Surgery procedures in less than a month. Dr. Sudhir Rawal, Medical Director RGCI said: “The dedicated team of engineers and scientists at SS Innovations have been working hard under Dr. Srivastava's guidance for the past few years to develop a cost-effective robotic surgical system. I congratulate them on this launch. I have been closely involved in the clinical trials myself, and the results have been outstanding."
Dr Srivastava added: “Robotics is the future of surgery, and my vision is to create a technologically advanced system that will be cost-effective, easy to use, and can be applied to all surgical specialities. Thus, benefitting most patients around the world. Compared to conventional surgery, robotic surgery results in smaller incisions, that reduces pain, scarring and leads to quicker recovery.”
The MANTRA system can be utilised for all major surgical specialities including Urology, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Thoracic, Cardiac, and Head & Neck Surgery and is expected to cost Rs 4-5 crores, about one-fourth the landed cost of an imported unit.