This popular type of bariatric surgery involves cutting the stomach vertically and removing 80% or more of it to form a narrow, vertical, banana-shaped gastric tube or sleeve. The sleeve gastrectomy causes weight loss primarily by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Weight loss is also believed to occur after this surgery because the portion of the stomach that produces an appetite-stimulating hormone is removed.
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is available at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The da Vinci® translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of instruments inside your body. da Vinci’s vision system provides your surgeon with 3D-HD visualization allowing for enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. During the entire procedure, your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci® System.
Benefits of robotic-assisted bariatric surgery include:
- Patients who have undergone robotic-assisted bariatric surgery report much less pain than those receiving traditional methods
- Faster recovery with a shorter hospital stay
- Reduced risk of infection and hernia
- Surgeons have better access to hard-to-reach areas in the abdomen and are capable of more precise incisions and sutures
As with any surgery, the above benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While robotic-assisted laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy 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.
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