(The Hindu) — Surgical robots will soon become a normal feature in hospitals throughout India for procedures like MRI scans, a senior official of Intuitive Surgical said on Sunday. The U.S.-based Intuitive Surgical makes surgical robots that enable minimally invasive surgeries with its da Vinci surgical systems. A total of 26 da Vinci systems are in operation in India at various hospitals. “In India we are in infancy in the technology adoption curve. Today, a hospital without a magnetic resonance imaging scan machine is considered as a clinic,” Jeroen M.M. van Heesewijk, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and Global Distribution, said.
According to van Heesewijk, India, China and Brazil are important markets for Intuitive Surgical. The primary surgical domains are urology, gynaecology, general surgery, and cardiothoracic. “Offering robotic surgeries will also give a boost to the country’s medical tourism sector,” Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation, said. In India, Vattikuti Technologies is the sole distributor, and van Heesewijk said the company is not planning to go direct-selling directly to hospitals in India.Tags: da Vinci Systems, Intuitive Surgical, robotics, surgical robots