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Rajavithi Hospital Leads Thailand’s Robotic Surgery Revolution: Dr. Amporn Benjapolpitak’s Vision

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Rajavithi Hospital embarked on a groundbreaking journey in 2020, pioneering robotic surgeries under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Health. (Photo: Department of Medical Services)

The Department of Medical Services (DMS) is now poised to broaden the horizons of robot-assisted surgery to encompass more hospitals, driven by the resoundingly successful trial at Rajavithi Hospital. This bold move aims to elevate the quality of medical services nationwide. The chief of DMS, Amporn Benjapolpitak, remarked, “Rajavithi Hospital began its avant-garde robotic surgeries in 2020, thanks to a visionary project initiated by the Ministry of Public Health.”

Since the inception of this cutting-edge technology, the hospital has conducted a remarkable 664 robot-assisted surgeries, which break down to 228 prostate surgeries, 151 liver operations, 108 obstetrics- and gynecology-related procedures, 22 oral neoplasia treatments, and 17 lung operations.

Dr. Amporn elaborated, “Public feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with patients experiencing significantly shorter recovery and rehabilitation periods, even after undergoing complex surgeries.” This promising outcome has galvanized the department to extend these advanced services to an even larger network of hospitals across various provinces.

In her statement about future plans, Dr. Amporn added, “We are channeling our efforts into expanding these services, ensuring broader access to this sophisticated form of treatment. Concurrently, we aim to enhance our staff’s proficiency in operating this state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, we are prioritizing improved inter-hospital cooperation to streamline patient transfers.”

With these initiatives, Thailand is setting a new benchmark in medical innovation, paving the way for a healthcare revolution that promises to touch every corner of the nation.


  1. Anna K June 12, 2024

    This is amazing! Robotic surgery could really improve healthcare in Thailand.

    • Sammy_S June 12, 2024

      While it sounds great, what about the cost? Can every patient afford this kind of surgery?

      • Anna K June 12, 2024

        That’s a valid concern. Hopefully, the government will subsidize costs for those who can’t afford it.

      • J.K. Lloyd June 12, 2024

        Let’s not forget the training. Not just any surgeon can operate these machines, right? Will it lead to a shortage of qualified professionals?

    • Dr_Medico June 12, 2024

      As a surgeon, I can tell you that the benefits far outweigh the costs. Reduced recovery times and smaller incisions are just two major advantages.

      • RealGuy June 12, 2024

        But doesn’t this also mean more reliance on technology? What if the system fails during an operation?

      • Anna K June 12, 2024

        Good point, RealGuy. I think there should always be a backup plan in such critical scenarios.

  2. Techie123 June 12, 2024

    Robots taking over everything! When will it stop? Are we going to lose our jobs to robots everywhere?

    • Sarah T June 12, 2024

      Relax, it’s not the same thing. Robotic surgeries are meant to assist, not replace surgeons.

      • Techie123 June 12, 2024

        But what’s next? First surgeries, then other jobs. It’s a slippery slope.

  3. Dr. Linh June 12, 2024

    As a medical professional, I see this as a major leap forward. Patient outcomes will drastically improve.

    • Concerned456 June 12, 2024

      But what about long-term effects? Has there been enough research?

      • Dr. Linh June 12, 2024

        Most studies show positive long-term outcomes. The technology is evolving, and ongoing research will only make it safer.

      • MedStudent97 June 12, 2024

        I agree with Dr. Linh. The field of robotic surgery is constantly monitored and improved.

  4. Peter Z June 12, 2024

    How does robotic surgery compare to traditional methods in terms of success rates?

    • Dr_Medico June 12, 2024

      Success rates are generally higher because precision is improved. Surgeons can make more accurate movements than they can manually.

    • OldSchool June 12, 2024

      I trust humans over machines. There’s a reason why we’ve been doing surgeries the old way for so long.

      • ModernDoc June 12, 2024

        While tradition has its place, innovation drives progress. Combining both can lead to even better outcomes.

  5. Johnny D June 12, 2024

    Seems like another way for hospitals to charge more money for fancy procedures.

    • SmartPat June 12, 2024

      It could be, but it also means better and faster recovery, which might reduce overall healthcare costs.

    • Johnny D June 12, 2024

      I guess we’ll see, but I’m skeptical. Hospitals are always looking to make more money.

  6. CuriousCat June 12, 2024

    Does anyone know if this technology will be covered by insurance?

    • PolicyExpert June 12, 2024

      Insurance policies are starting to cover robotic surgeries but it varies by provider and location.

    • CuriousCat June 12, 2024

      Thanks, that’s helpful to know. I’ll check with my provider.

  7. Skeptic_101 June 12, 2024

    What if the AI controlling the robot makes a mistake? The margin for error seems risky.

    • Jake P. June 12, 2024

      These robots aren’t fully autonomous. Surgeons are still in control, which minimizes the risk of errors.

      • Skeptic_101 June 12, 2024

        That’s somewhat reassuring, but I still think we should be cautious.

  8. Emily R June 12, 2024

    This sounds like a big win for Thailand’s healthcare system. Way to go Rajavithi Hospital!

  9. Naysayer June 12, 2024

    Sure, if you can afford it. I bet rural hospitals will never see these robots.

    • HopefulSue June 12, 2024

      The article mentioned expanding to more hospitals, so there’s hope.

    • Naysayer June 12, 2024

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

  10. TechSavvy June 12, 2024

    This is a step forward. I can’t wait to see how technology will continue to revolutionize medicine.

  11. OldTimer June 12, 2024

    In my day, we trusted the skill of the surgeon’s hand, not some machine.

    • YoungBlood June 12, 2024

      Times change, grandpa. We use technology to make things better and safer.

      • OldTimer June 12, 2024

        We’ll see, kid. Sometimes the old ways are the best.

  12. FutureDoc June 12, 2024

    This is exactly why I want to go into medical robotics. The potential to save lives is incredible.

  13. FrequentFlyer June 12, 2024

    Maybe I should fly to Thailand for my next surgery. They seem to be ahead in tech.

  14. Sally T June 12, 2024

    Do we know the environmental impact of these machines? They must be energy-consuming.

  15. EcoWarrior June 12, 2024

    It’s a good point. We need to balance technological advances with sustainability.

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