Sunway Medical Centre, one of the leading private hospitals in Malaysia, has served communities from Malaysia and international patients from more than 170 countries since 1999. The hospital’s 13 operating theaters performed close to 17,000 multidisciplinary surgeries in 2019 and 14,000 in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides offering conventional surgical approaches, we also adopted Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), which is a surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions instead of a large opening. A revolutionary and highly advanced type of MIS is robotic assisted surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System. Theda Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console, a patient-side cart with four interactive arms, a high-performance vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Robotic assisted surgery has shown to be capable of transcending the current laparoscopic limitations such as camera instability, limited range of motion with rigid instrumentation, and reduced in-depth perception.

“Here at Sunway Medical Centre, the robotic system translates the hand movement of the surgeon to the sophisticated robotic arms, allowing precise movements. Guided by superior 3-D vision with the magnified view, it is as though the hands and eyes of the surgeon are there inside the patient’s body,” explained Dr Badrulhisham Bahadzor, Robotic Surgeon in Urology.

Meanwhile, Dr Tan Guan Hee, Robotic Surgeon in Urology and Uro-Oncology echoed the same sentiment: “The 3D-video images of da Vinci Robotic platform offers superior ergonomics for the surgeon, allowing for enhanced precision and therefore improved surgical outcomes for the patient.”

The benefits of robotic-assisted technology include but are not limited to less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions for minimal scarring, and a faster recovery and return to daily life. To date, almost 6,000 da Vinci robotic surgical systems have been installed worldwide and over 8.5 million of surgeries were done robotically. There are more than 24,000 peer-reviewed articles published to date on robotic assisted surgery.

At Sunway Medical Centre, we acquired the da Vinci surgical robot at the end of 2016 and have performed close to 500 cases to date in urology, gynaecology, colorectal surgery, bariatric surgery, and hepatobiliary surgery. A total of 12 surgeons from various surgical specialties are trained and competent in performing robotic assisted surgery. Robotic surgery pushes the frontiers of innovation in surgical technology towards improved clinical outcomes.

Dr Murali Sundram, Consultant in Kidney Transplantation & Robotic surgery in Urology, affirmed robotic surgery as a standard of care treatment for prostate cancer worldwide. “Prostate cancer occurs in men over the age of 50 years and is steadily rising in Southeast Asia. Coupled with the robotic assisted technology and our Malaysian hospitality services, we offer a wide range of holistic care in the hands of our well trained, experienced and caring medical staff.”

Another key application of robotic surgery is in gynecology for conditions which affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Examples of those conditions are gynecological cancer such as cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer, other conditions but not limited to endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids and etc. “Robotic surgery is more precise. So there’s less complications of surgery. Example is Nerve-Sparing surgery. Complicated cases that cannot be done via laparoscopy, robotic surgery gives patient the option of a keyhole surgery for complex cases,” Dr. Tan Ee Ping, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecologist remarked.

In Sunway Medical Centre, we are embarking on robotic-arm assisted surgery in total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement. The 3D Imaging camera and guidance module provide surgeon with data about the knee and hip intra-operatively-soft tissue balancing and femoral rotation, range of motion assessment, gap measurements to enable them to analyze result in real time. Meanwhile the robotic arm helps to position the artificial joint – implant in place according to pre-determined plan to ensure high level of precision. Patient will experience better post-operative functionality and long term durability of the implant.

“The Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery has allowed surgeons to ensure better accuracy in positioning and alignment of the prosthesis. This in return, ensures the joint to function well and increases the longevity of the implant. The system also enables surgeons to perform complex joint replacements with predictable and reproducible outcome,” Dr Suhail Suresh, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon commented.

For the convenience of their international patients in Indonesia, SunMed has Representative Offices located in major cities in Indonesia; Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, Palembang, Padang, PekanBaru, Makassar and Semarang.

JakartaJl. Adiaksa No. 31 RT.7/RW.7 Pondok Labu. Cilandak
Jakarta Selatan 12440
SurabayaJln. Ir Soekarno Hatta 56-56 Surabaya 6011503199011103
BandungPaskal Hyper Square B-28 Jl. Pasir Kaliki 25 -27, Bandung Jawa Barat, 4018102286061075
PadangJln HOS Cokroaminoto No. 101, Padang 22118+628136348858
BalikpapanJl Jendral Sudirman Blok L, No. 12A Balikpapan,
Pekan BaruJalan Setia Budi, NO 40 Pekanbaru –
PontianakJl Perdana Kampung Perdana Square, Block J7,
PalembangJl. Residen H.A. Rozak No.43A RT.02 RW.01 Kel. Bukit Bangkal Ket.
SemarangJl Indraprasta No. 2A Semarang 50131 Jawa Tengah,
MakassarJl Sungai Saddang, Latanette Plaza F no.8-9, Makassar 90114, Indonesia+624113623252
MedanJl Ahmad Yani, No.106, Medan, Sumatera,

For more information, kindly contact SunMed International Patient Centre at:

Tel: + 603 74941098
5, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia