Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common and successful surgical weight-loss procedure, and now Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers this surgery robotically, which has significant benefits over traditional open surgery.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption to reduce caloric intake. The surgeon creates a smaller, egg-sized stomach pouch, using about five percent of your stomach and separating off the rest. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. Having the smaller stomach causes the patient to feel fuller sooner and eat less food. At the same time, bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.  

In 85% of the cases, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure can be achieved through minimally-invasive laparoscopic methods. As with any laparoscopic procedure, the recovery time, patient discomfort, and risks, are reduced when compared to open surgery.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass using the da Vinci® Surgical System takes these benefits even further. For example, the surgical precision provided by the robot provides for a tighter, more securely sewn surgical connection between your stomach and small intestine. This can be extremely valuable in reducing post-operative surgical risks for bleeding and infection.

Robotic surgery offers many potential benefits to patients considering bariatric surgery, including:

  • Low rate of complications
  • Low rate of wound infection
  • Short hospital stay

Compared to traditional laparoscopy, Robotic-assisted laparoscopic gastric bypass offers patients the potential for:

  • Much lower rate of gastrointestinal leaks
  • Lower risk of needing follow-up surgery
  • Lower risk of converting to open surgery

As with any surgery, the above benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While robotic-assisted laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

To contact a physician who performs minimally invasive robotic bariatric surgery, call 866-442-3627 or view the following profile(s) for physician contact information: