The equipment is made by MAKO and ROSA, two leading brands in the surgical robot market.
According to Dr. Nguyen Quoc Anh,
director of Bach Mai Hospital, until now, five surgeries have been
conducted free of charge by these robot systems and the patients are
He also said that the robot systems
allow doctors to perform surgeries with minimally invasive, highly
accurate and safe procedures, helping lessen blood losses and pain for
patients while reducing the risk of complications for quick recovery.
On February 27, Bach Mai conducted robot
surgeries for a patient with a partial knee replacement and one with
ventricular dilatation, marking a boom in hi-tech application in
treatment and care for patients in Vietnam.
Cao Minh Thuan, 63, from Nghe An
Province, who had been diagnosed with ventricular dilatation, was
selected to undergo neurosurgery by the ROSA robot.
Dr. Nguyen The Hao, head of the
hospital’s Neurological Surgery Department, said that the ROSA system
accurately located lesions’ positions. It is also programmable and
participates in the operation with its robot arms. Compared with
conventional surgeries like microsurgery or endoscopic surgery, the
robot surgery causes less trauma and brain injury while shortening the
surgery time. After two hours of surgery, the patient was awake.
Another case undergoing knee replacement
by a MACO surgical robot system at the hospital is patient Lai Thi Mai,
50, from Hanoi. She was diagnosed with left knee osteoarthritis and had
to undergo a partial artificial joint replacement.
With this knee/hip replacement surgical
robot, Vietnam is the 15th and most recent country to deploy MAKO. Dr.
Hoang Gia Du, head of the Trauma-Orthopedics and Spine Department at
Bach Mai Hospital said that compared to conventional knee surgeries,
robot surgeries help patients to replace only part of broken joints with
smaller incisions and fewer infections, while conserving anterior and
posterior cruciate ligaments. After a two-hour surgery, the patient went
back to normal.
Bach Mai Hospital is conducting surgeries on MAKO and ROSA systems for several pathologies.
Currently, Bach Mai is conducting
surgeries by robot with several pathologies, including knee and hip
replacement, ventricular endoscopic surgeries and functional
neurological diseases. During the first stage of deployment, Bach Mai
will cover the costs for the first patients undergoing robot surgeries.
Praising efforts by Bach Mai’s staff in
deploying robots to improve the hospital’s medical capacity, Dr. Luong
Ngoc Khue, head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Department at
the Ministry of Health, urged Bach Mai to promote to the maximum the
efficiency of its equipment with the assistance of foreign experts and
put the system into effective use for patient satisfaction.
Dr. Nguyen Quoc Anh affirmed that the
application of these robot systems would bring opportunities to access
hi-tech therapies for patients in Vietnam at a much lower cost compared
to undergoing treatment abroad.
The MAKO and ROSA surgical robot
systems, with the state-of-art technologies manufactured in the US, have
been licenced by the Ministry of Health for treatment at Bach Mai
Hospital. Until now, the surgical robot has developed to the fourth
generation with four surgery arms, a smart camera, a wide surgery angle
at 540 degrees and 3D images, so it is capable of carrying out surgeries
in difficult positions and can freely move in six directions.
Robots have been used to assist with
laparoscopic surgery in many countries, such as the US, Japan and the
Republic of Korea, since 1980. Currently, surgical robots have become
commonplace in large surgery centres and have created a revolution in
the treatment of many complex surgical pathologies, such as surgeries on
brain tumors in deep locations requiring high precision, as with
Parkinson’s, epilepsy, functional neurosurgery, pulmonary cuts,
mediastinal tumor cuts, hysterectomy and thoracic, cardiological,
musculoskeletal and spinal surgeries.