How Does Robotic Weight Loss Surgery Work? | 6 Great Benefits

Mar 15, 2022

When you think of the future, you probably imagine flying cars or the world being overtaken by robots. But that idea is no longer an imagination — it has very much come true! Although, in reality, flying cars are too expensive, and robots exist in multiple areas of our lives. For instance, did you know there are robot doctors? Or rather, robotic assistants that help with intensive surgeries?

Recently, there has been a steady increase in robotic and robot-assisted surgeries. Albeit a little scary, robots lending a hand with intense medical surgeries is a great innovation, especially in the field of bariatrics. To learn more about the benefits of robotic weight loss surgery in Dallas, TX, carry on reading this blog.

What Is Robotic Bariatric Surgery?

Robotic bariatric surgery is a type of surgery where robots are used to carry out surgical weight reductions. This makes it significantly faster for the surgeon to wrap up the procedure while maintaining utmost precision and safety.

Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that not everyone is qualified for bariatric surgery. Even though it is meant to surgically modify your stomach, only those who are extremely overweight and suffer from chronic conditions can undergo it. Moreover, the robot helps to carry out the procedure to avoid complications during the surgery.

How Does Robotic Weight Loss Surgery Work?

Robotic weight loss surgery is done with the help of robotic arms that are fully controlled by the surgeon through a console. The surgeon sits on the side, hands and face attached to a 3D imaging screen, while an entire team of surgeons is present for supervision.

The arms of the robot find their way inside the patient’s stomach through minor incisions, marking it as a laparoscopic procedure. One of the four arms has a camera that directly connects to the imaging screen, while the other two arms act as the surgeon’s hands. The remaining robotic arm helps to move obstructions from the way, allowing open access to the surgical site.

Benefits of Robotic Weight Loss Surgery

Now that you have a vague idea of how robotic weight loss surgeries work, take a look below to read up about some of its key benefits.

1. Precision & Accuracy Considering the fragile nature of bariatric surgeries, precision and accuracy are of utmost importance. That is why robot-assisted surgeries are amazing. The robotic arms are smaller and thinner than a human’s, which offers clear-cut accuracy during the procedure.

2. Less Pain
Often people are terrified of the pain that comes with surgery. But thanks to the minor incisions made by the robot, a lot of the discomfort is avoided. This way, the surgery goes as planned, with significantly less pain for the patient.

3. Minimizes Risk of Infection
Since the robotic arms are so tiny, most of the work gets done in a limited space. Due to this, there is a lower risk of infection, which further aids the patient in recovering faster.

4. Minimally Invasive
Traditional surgeries require big incisions, allowing the surgeon to see what they’re working with. However, thanks to the laparoscopic aspect of the robot, the surgery works just as well with minor incisions.

5. Fast Recovery Time
In terms of stitches and wound care, since the incisions are barely noticeable, the patient can recover at a much faster pace. Although, that does not relate to the main aspect of the surgery; the stomach and bowel reduction. The main bariatric features will be the same and take time to heal.

6. Fewer Complications
One of the best things about robotic weight loss surgery is that there is a very low chance of medical complications. That is to say; the patient is not at risk of losing a lot of blood and then undergoing a transfusion. Overall, robot-assisted surgeries, especially bariatric surgeries, are risk-free.

Conclusion

All in all, robotic weight loss surgery is an amazing way for people who suffer from severe obesity to lose fat in a healthy manner. With your weight loss goals in mind, contact Nova Bariatrics at (469) 639-0953 for more information. You can also visit us for an in-person checkup at 1081 Kinwest Pkwy STE 110, Irving, TX 75063, United States.

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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