During robotic gastric bypass surgery, a surgeon creates a small pouch from the top section of your stomach, then attaches it your small intestine. In effect, it helps you restrict the amount of food you can eat and you’ll absorb fewer calories, enabling you to lose weight.
As one of the first bariatric surgeries introduced in the country, surgeons have perfected this procedure for decades to create better outcomes for their patients. Today, gastric bypass surgery is among the most popular bariatric procedures in the United States.
How it’s done
This minimally invasive technique can enable you to recover quicker and experience fewer complications after the procedure compared to open gastric bypass surgery. Your surgeon will make a few small incisions in your abdomen and insert special surgical tools, including a laparoscope equipped with a camera. The camera can give surgeons a detailed look inside your body without making a large incision. The surgeon is assisted by a robotic platform to help perform the surgery.
Using the surgical instruments, the surgeon will detach the top section of your stomach and seal it shut, creating a small pouch. The pouch is then attached to the lower part of the small intestine to avoid, or bypass, the larger part of the stomach. Still attached to the large part of the stomach is the upper small intestine, which will reconnect with the small intestine to form a “Y” shape. This enables the larger part of the stomach to receive blood and remain in place.
This procedure is typically performed using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with much improved visualization and greater dexterity, and it's a less invasive approach compared to traditional open surgeries. Benefits to the patient can include smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery.
What are the advantages of Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery?
By bypassing the majority of the stomach, it will hold less food and limits the amount of nutrients the body absorbs. Consequently, patients are full faster, eat less, take in fewer calories and can lose weight. Most patients experience an 70 to 80 percent reduction of excess body weight over one to two years after the procedure. Medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and sleep apnea can also improve dramatically, if not cured completely. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, patients can also expect:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Less pain or fewer complications after surgery
- Lower risk of infection
- Quicker recovery to start your new active lifestyle
Is Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery right for me?
There are a number of factors that dictate whether or not you’re a qualified candidate for robotic gastric bypass surgery, including your health and weight-loss goals. As part of our weight-loss process you will attend a free educational seminar about all bariatric surgeries, the benefits of each and the possible risks.
For more details about the benefits and risks of robotic gastric bypass surgery, contact our office at 903-416-6490.