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A decade of history, AMC the leader of robotic surgery development
Date : 2017.03.01

 

A physician enters the operation room and sits next to a console box a few steps away without approaching the operating table. The surgical site in the patient’s body is magnified 10~15 times and relayed on the console, and three robotic arms controlled by the physician move freely to perform delicate operations such as cutting and closing minute structures. The subtle movements of the robotic arms minimize the risk of complications such as neural or vascular damage. It’s been a decade since AMC introduced the robot-assisted surgery system. Over the past 10 years, AMC has performed 8,735 robotic surgeries in 11 divisions, including Urology (as of December 31, 2016), and held the largest robotic surgery symposium on February 11 to discuss the current status and future direction of the development of robotic surgery. The photo shows Professor Ahn Han-jong of the Department of Urology (right), who performed the first robotic surgery at AMC, performing a robotic surgery for prostate cancer in Rosette H-Room 7 on February 9.

 

 

Symposium participants, including Director of Robotic Surgery Center Kim Song-cheol (ninth from the left), together at the Robotic Surgery Symposium held on February 11.

 

 

This year marks the 10th year since AMC introduced the robot-assisted surgery system. According to the Robotic Surgery Center, the number of robotic surgeries performed at AMC was 767 in 2012, 926 in 2013, 173 in 2014, 1,373 in 2015, and 1,749 in 2016, representing a steady increase in the last five years. Comparing the figure in 2007 (72) when the first robotic surgery was performed with that in 2016 reveals that the number has increased by 24.3 times in 10 years.

 

Robotic surgeries were performed in a total of 11 divisions between 2007 and 2016. The largest number of robotic surgeries was performed in the Department of Urology with 4,745, followed by 1,027 in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 1,011 in the Division of Breast & Endocrine Surgery, and 975 in the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. The center said the demand for robotic surgery is high in these divisions, since it can significantly reduce complications associated with delicate and subtle surgeries.

 

It was 2007 when AMC first introduced the Da Vinci robot system. The first robotic surgery performed at AMC was an acute retropubic prostatectomy led by Professor Ahn Han-jong of the Department of Urology on July 31, 2007.

 

AMC has applied robotic surgery to prostate cancer, renal cancer, bladder cancer, and thyroid cancer and has even used it for heart diseases. Since 2013, three units of the Da Vinci robot system have been in use at AMC and will be widely applied to surgeries in various divisions of colon and rectal surgery, liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, stomach surgery, pediatric surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and otolaryngology.

 

Taking note of the number of robotic surgeries performed and the divisions in which robotic surgery is applied, AMC established the Robotic Training Center (7F, Education & Research Building) to support training for medical professionals. The center is equipped with two cutting-edge Da Vinci robot systems for training. Here, a total of 269 personalized trainings, including 130 trainings for foreign physicians and 67 robotic surgery observations, were carried out.

 

Research to further develop the robotic surgery system is also in progress with actions such as opening the AMC-HHI Medical Device & Robotics Laboratory and committing to advancing robotic surgery in the Korean medical world by developing robotic ligament reconstruction and robotic needle insertion-type intervention.

 

The largest-scale robotic surgery symposium in Korea is held at AMC every year. The 8th Robotic Surgery Symposium was held in the grand auditorium (6F, East Building) on February 11 and consisted of four parts—▲Surgery ▲Urology ▲OBGY and ▲Basics and Robot Development. The event allowed medical professionals home and abroad to get together to share knowledge and discuss how to further develop robotic surgery.

 

Director of the Robotic Surgery Center Kim Song-cheol said, “Robotic surgery has a wide scope of applications and is becoming a standard treatment in various fields. This symposium was very meaningful in that leading experts in each field got together to share their recent insights and discuss future plans for further development.”

 

Director of Clinical Support Park Seung-il said, “Minimally invasive procedures in the field of surgery are on the rise worldwide. This year, AMC is expected to perform 10,000 robotic surgeries, so we will continue to research and expand the application of robotic surgery and system operations in qualitative terms to provide patients with the best treatment.”

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