India Scripts History, the very first “Made In India” surgical robot, SSI Mantra, is installed at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute

New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center, New Delhi (RGCI) have installed India’s first-ever made-in-India surgical robotic system, SSI-Mantra, designed by Indian medical technology start-up SS Innovations. The ingenious SSI Mantra, the brainchild of world-renowned robotic heart surgeon, Dr. Sudhir P Srivastava, will usher in a new era of surgical procedures in India, making robotic surgery accessible and affordable for the people of our country.

After two pilot projects where Dr. Sudhir Rawal and his team at RGCI successfully performed a total of 26 surgeries with the SSI Mantra, validating safety, feasibility and efficiency, the robot is now ready to provide a method of advanced surgery, which be accessible to the general public at a lower cost.

On this momentous occasion, Dr. Sudhir Rawal, Medical Director of RGCI, said, “I have used the SSI Mantra System on several of my patients. In its current form the performance is quite good and I could use the system for many very complex operations. Many more patients in India and across the world will benefit from this quality and cost-effective technology.

SS Innovations has done the nation proud, being the first company in South Asia to launch this historic SSI Mantra machine, a technologically advanced surgical robotic system that has more features and applications than existing surgical robotic systems and is much cheaper . This machine will revolutionize the idea of ​​surgical practices in our homeland and in the world in terms of precision, technical progress and cost reduction, making expensive robotic surgery accessible to ordinary people.

Dr. Sudhir P Srivastava, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SS Innovations, popularly known as The Robo Doctor, said on the occasion, “Based on the benefits I have seen in surgical patients robotics and observing the very low availability of surgical robotic systems in India. and many other developing economies, I made it my mission to develop a new surgical robotic system that would provide better and more advanced technological features, applicable in most specialties including cardiac surgery, and would be cost effective. At SSI, we have been able to realize this vision with the help of highly talented Indian engineers and highly experienced international scientists.

SSI Mantra Surgical Robot

Besides Dr. Sudhir P Srivastava and Dr. Sudhir K Rawal (Medical Director, RGCI), Dr. Somashekhar SP (Chairman and HOD Surgical Oncology, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Center) and Dr. Arun Prasad (Bariatric and Robotic Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals) was also part of this prestigious opportunity to inform and interact with the media.

This state-of-the-art SSI Mantra is modular, flexible and versatile compared to the world’s leading surgical systems, which dominated the surgical robotics market with a monopoly to date. What makes SSI Mantra even more promising for the future is that it was developed in just under five years, which would have been further accelerated had it not been for the delays caused by the pandemic. ! Last but not least, the common people of the country will have cheaper access to better surgical procedures from this day forward.

Christine E. Phillips