The surgery of the future

Robots and robotic-assisted systems

At Sana Hospital Group, physicians perform surgeries interconnected with robots and robotic-assisted systems. A glance at practices within a hospital group leading the way in digital transformation.

Robotics has long been used in various sectors and numerous industries. Now it is also gradually making its way into the world of healthcare. Robots and robotic-assisted systems are taking over increasingly complex tasks in a fully automated manner, thus relieving staff with high workloads while increasing the quality of medical care and outcomes. The variety of tasks that can be performed by robots is expanding.

In hospitals, specifically in the inpatient sector, there are multiple areas in which robots can demonstrate their particular added value, e.g.:

  • Surgical robots: High-precision and remote surgeries.
  • Micro/nanorobots: transport, monitoring, and release of medication to the patient.
  • Rehab robots: Mobilization and muscular support.
  • Service/nursing robots: Transport and logistics as well as sampling and measurements

“Best hospital of the World”

At Sana Hospital Group, robots and robotic-assisted systems are, among others, applied in the area of surgical treatment. At Sana Hospital Offenbach, a 1,000-bed flagship hospital recently awarded a seat on the prestigious “Best hospital of the World” list by renowned US Newsweek, robot-assisted surgeries have been an element of the daily routine for years at various departments. Use cases have grown from urology to an increasing number of specialties, such as gynecology, visceral surgery, thoracic surgery, and bariatric surgery.

Closely associated with the field of robots, robotic-assisted systems offer numerous advantages such as haptic feedback, robotic precision, comfortable ergonomics, advanced and reusable instruments, eye sensor camera control, and 3D transmission from the inside of the human body. Physicians receive support in performing surgeries with maximum precision while improving the safety and recovery process for patients at the same time.

The digital transformation in healthcare offers countless opportunities for modern patient care.

At Sana Hospital Group, broadly implementing cutting-edge technology into medical care is a core element of the digital strategy. As a leading player in the German hospital landscape, Sana has established "Sana Digital", a department that specifically channels the latest digital health innovations into the organization. In close cooperation with other key entities in digitization at Sana - such as the Sana Hospital Services Group for the field of robotics - this ensures the smooth integration of cutting-edge technology into all 56 hospitals, the outpatient service sector, and further affiliate organizations of the Sana Hospital Group.


This article was provided by SANA Hospital Group for the business magazine GSBM, June2022 issue. The article was provided by Michael Rosenstock, Head of Sana Digital.