DUBLIN and CHENNAI, IndiaMedtronic and Apollo Hospitals Group announced the conduction of the first clinical procedure in the Asia-Pacific region with the Hugo™ robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) system. The robotic prostatectomy was performed on September 17 by Dr. N Ragavan, consultant urologist, uro-oncologist and robotic surgeon from the Apollo Group.

“Here in India, nearly 70% of surgeries are performed as open procedures— we feel confident that the Hugo RAS system will enable us to change that statistic and bring the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to more patients than ever before, I am incredibly proud to launch this new era of possibility for our hospital and the patients we serve with the very first clinical procedure in the region with the system,” said Dr. Ragavan.

The Hugo RAS system is a modular, multi-quadrant platform designed for a broad range of soft-tissue procedures. For the RAS system, Medtronics has combined wristed instruments, 3D visualization, and Touch Surgery™ Enterprise, a cloud-based surgical video capture and management solution to build up a system that can assist in performing surgeries with fewer complications and reduced time spent in hospital after surgery.

“Today we’re taking another exciting step forward to bring the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to more people in more places,” said Megan Rosengarten, president of the surgical robotics business, which is part of the Medical Surgical Portfolio at Medtronic. “That’s possible thanks to a shared vision with Apollo Hospitals, the many surgeons and hospital leaders who have partnered with us on this journey, and our dedicated Surgical Robotics team in India and around the globe.”

Elucidating on the contribution of Medtronics in upgrading the surgical technology available in the country, Madan Krishnan, vice president and managing director, India Medtronic Pvt Ltd. said, “Medtronic is creating robotic-assisted surgery solutions that are optimized for what clinicians need today and that can be upgraded as the technology evolves and usage expands in the years to come.”

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