Robotic-assisted surgery expands bariatric services at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction

August 21, 2023

Patients now have an option of robotic-assisted bariatric surgery at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction.
Dr. Denise Murphy began using the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery system for gastric bypass in June and sleeve gastrectomy procedures in January at Goshen Hospital. The advanced technology is part of Goshen Hospital’s comprehensive minimally invasive surgery program.
“Robotic-assisted technology has been a part of our surgical program for more than a decade,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of this advanced technology for weight loss surgery means more patients can stay close to home for life-changing procedures that are less invasive than traditional surgery.”
Robotic assistance allows surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries with more precision and control than with conventional procedures. The surgeon uses only a few small incisions, similar to laparoscopic surgery. High-definition, 3D imaging allows the surgeon to see more clearly with magnification – enhancing visualization, especially for internal organ areas that are difficult to reach by hand.
Most patients experience less pain after robotic-assisted surgery and have shorter stays in the hospital. They can recover more quickly with fewer complications and return to normal activities in less time.
Denise Murphy, MD, who has provided bariatric surgery services at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction since 2004, completed additional robotic training on the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system over the last year.
Goshen Health offers one of the most comprehensive minimally invasive surgery programs in north central Indiana. Surgeons use robotic-assisted systems for a wide range of procedures to treat patients with hernias, bowel and gallbladder issues, cancer, orthopedic and gynecological conditions – and now obesity!