Sunway Medical Centre, one of the leading tertiary private hospitals in Malaysia has served communities from Malaysia and international patients more than 170 countries since 1999. The hospital’s 12 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 have adopted different advanced surgical modalities to diversify surgical needs and optimise patient outcomes, such as minimally invasive surgery.

A minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is defined as a surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions instead of a large opening. With smaller incisions and minimal openings, MIS offers the smallest damage possible compared to a traditional open surgery. Hence, patients will gain to have a quicker recovery time, less bleeding and less pain with better  result.  A revolutionary and highly advanced type of minimally invasive surgery is robotic assisted surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System. The da 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.

The da Vinci surgical robot is completely under the control of the surgeon. It translates surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure intuitively. Equipped with tiny wristed instruments that move seamlessly, they echo the natural movements of our hands, with a greater range of motion. The instrument size makes it possible for surgeons to operate through one or a few small incisions and able to produce the desired action of cutting, stitching and sealing way beyond the limit of human hands. 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.

“At Sunway Medical Centre in Sunway City, Malaysia, the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System enables surgeon to performe complex surgical procedures in the narrow space of body cavity, with all the safety and accuracy of a minimally invasive surgery. 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 & Uro-Oncology echoed the same sentiment, “As a surgeon in Sunway Medical Centre in Malaysia, the da Vinci Robotic platform is a remarkable technological advancement in surgery. It provides outstanding magnification in its 3-D video images and it offers superior ergonomics for the surgeon. This translates into enhanced precision when operating and therefore improved surgical outcomes for the patient.”

Robotic-assisted technology enables routine to complex surgeries to be done in a minimally invasive way with potential benefits including but not limited to less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions for minimal scarring, 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.

In Sunway Medical Centre, we acquired the da Vinci surgical robot 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 specialities are trained and competent in performing robotic assisted surgery. Robotic surgery pushes the frontiers of innovation in surgical technology towards improved clinical outcomes. The future of surgery is a continuous process and we value what technology brings to the operating table where our skilled surgeons continue to deliver the best for our patients.

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 South East Asia. Early detection only requires a simple blood test called PSA. Sunway Medical Centre has a dedicated team of oncologists and urology surgeons with wide experience in treating this illness. 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. At Sunway Medical Centre our priority is providing you the best quality care and to see you safely back home.”

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