Bariatrics & Managed Weight Reduction
Robotic-assisted bariatric surgery
When you decide it’s time to consider surgery as a weight loss option, you may learn you are a candidate for a robotic-assisted bariatric procedure. We offer this less invasive approach for most gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries.
Robotic-assisted surgery gives your surgeon more precision and control than standard procedures. Your surgeon can perform routine and complex procedures using only a few small incisions. The technology also allows better access to areas of the body that can be difficult to reach.
This minimally invasive approach means you experience less pain and have shorter stays in the hospital after robotic-assisted surgery. You may recover more quickly with fewer complications and return to normal activities in less time.
Is robotic-assisted surgery right for you
You may want to consider bariatric surgery if you’ve faced serious challenges with weight, and dieting, exercise and medicine haven’t worked for you.
We use a robotic-assisted system for two types of bariatric surgery.
- Gastric bypass reduces stomach size and reroutes part of the small intestine to decrease food absorption
- Sleeve gastrectomy changes the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food it can hold
Both procedures cause you to feel full sooner and change hormones in your gut that reduce appetite.
How robotic-assisted surgery works
Robotic and laparoscopic surgeries have many similarities. In both procedures, your surgeon uses small incisions, tiny instruments and a camera. However, robotic-assisted surgery systems have advanced technologies that give your surgeon more precision, flexibility and control.
Here’s how your surgeon uses the primary components of the robotic system.
Mechanical arms act as extensions of the surgeon’s hands and wrists. The surgeon controls small surgical instruments attached to the robotic arms.
A camera gives the surgeon a magnified, 3D view of the surgical site. The surgeon can see parts of the body that may not be visible to the naked eye.
A computer console in the operating room helps the surgeon guide the instruments more precisely than standard hand-held procedures. The surgeon uses a high definition screen to view the surgical site with greater clarity throughout the delicate procedure.
Your surgeon is in total control of the robotic arms at all times during surgery. The robot does not perform surgery or make decisions on its own.
We use the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction. More than 8.5 million minimally invasive procedures have been performed worldwide using da Vinci® systems since its introduction in 2000.
We can help
Our weight loss team is ready to walk with you every step of the way through your weight loss journey. We work with you to design a holistic plan that’s right for you – physically, mentally and emotionally. Then we offer support and encouragement to help you reach your goals.
Learn more about our bariatric surgery and medically managed weight loss programs at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction.