Deputy Premier: KPJ Kuching first in Borneo to carry out successful osteoarthritis surgeries utilising Robotic Surgical Assistant system

Dr Sim (centre) at the official launch of the Rosa bone surgery machine in KPJ Kuching together with Dr Lee (right) and KPJ Healthcare president and managing director Ching Keat Chyuan. Photo credit: Dr Sim Kui Hian Facebook page

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 29: Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ Kuching) has successfully carried out 206 osteoarthritis surgeries utilising the Robotic Surgical Assistant (Rosa) system – the first of its kind in Borneo, says Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government, said by utilising the Rosa system for surgery, the patient is able to start walking the next day compared to the conventional TKR (total knee replacement) process, which requires crutches for a few days.

He also said that it is not just an adaptation of robotic technology but the beginning of precision and personalised medicine with AI analytics in Sarawak.

“Having the financial resources to acquire technology (the hardware) is one thing, but possessing local human expertise (the software) is paramount to success.

“It demonstrates that nowadays, even in the jungles of Borneo, we can leverage the latest technology, and the expertise of local professionals is on par with anywhere else in the world,” he remarked.

Dr Sim also extended his congratulations to KPJ Kuching and Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Lee Woo Guan for achieving the ‘200 leaps, a million smiles’ milestone in Total Knee Replacement surgery with Rosa, a first in Borneo. — DayakDaily