Are Robots Taking Over Bariatric Surgeries?

Jul 15, 2022

Bariatric surgery is well-known and practiced for treating fatal obesity. The therapy offers 90% success in improving life expectancy and quality. However, other than the obvious risk of recurrent obesity, there are operative threats and side effects. Therefore to combat that, regular advancements are necessary.

Gastric Sleeve Gasterectomy and Robotic Bariatric Surgery – The Difference

Both the surgeries, robotic bariatric and gastric sleeve surgery, are intended for achieving weight loss in obese people. Their intent is the same but different in terms of the surgical approach.

Gastric sleeve surgery, infamously known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure involving removing a part of the stomach, making it smaller and sleeve-shaped. It is done since this change restricts the amount of food you can eat and leads to a feeling of fullness sooner than usual with smaller amounts of food.

Robotic bariatric surgery, on the flip side, is a type of less invasive surgery that utilizes robotic technology to perform the procedure.

No, it is not up to the robots only; it is your surgeon controlling the robotic arms, which have surgical tools attached to them and a camera giving a 3D view of the surgical site.
Robotic surgery is useful for various bariatric procedures, including gastric sleeve surgery.

Advantages of Robotic Bariatric Surgery

The main advantage of robotic surgery is that it provides your surgeon with better precision and control, ultimately leading to better outcomes and lesser risks of complications. Moreover, robotic bariatric surgeries often result in smaller incisions, less scarring, and faster healing.

The Procedure

A few small abdominal incisions are cut during the robotic gastrectomy, and a surgical robot helps the doctors carry out the operation. The system is controlled by the physician, making it just as effective as a more conventional surgical tool.

A surgeon employs tools to cut an area of the stomach vertically into two equal parts while using a camera to see inside the body. The bigger section is cut out, and the remaining stomach is then slammed shut to form the outline of a sleeve.

Why Should You Get A Sleeve Gastrectomy?

You will have fewer frequent hunger pangs following a sleeve gastrectomy. Within a year or two of the operation, most individuals are likely to lose 60 to 80 percent of their excess body weight.

Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the process does not involve cutting or redirecting the intestines. You continue to take in all of the vitamins and minerals your diet contains. Obesity-related illnesses, which include diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea, is manageable via weight loss.

Since sleeve gastrectomy is less invasive than conventional surgery, most patients expect a shorter hospital stay, less discomfort, fewer complications, a lower risk of infection, and a quicker recovery.

Final Note

Want to learn more about your weight loss surgery options? Get in touch with the best bariatric surgeons from Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Dial (469) 639-0953 to connect with us or drop by our clinic(s) at 1800 FM195, Paris, TX 75460, USA, 3150 Matlock Rd # 401, Arlington, TX 76015, USA, or 1081 Kinwest Pkwy STE 110, Irving, TX 75063, USA whichever is feasible for you.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.



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