Da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System
At the heart of our robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery program is the da Vinci® surgical system. Weight loss procedures performed with the help of robotic surgery can be advantageous for a number of reasons, including less invasiveness as well as increased surgical precision and control. With the computer-guided capabilities of robotic surgery, the da Vinci® system can simplify complex portions of bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and revision cases, among other medical procedures. In contrast to traditional surgery performed with a large and open incision, da Vinci® only requires a few tiny incisions during weight loss surgery. Dr. Hossein Bagshahi is one of few fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in the country who offer robotic weight loss surgery.
- Robotic Weight Loss Surgery
- How Does da Vinci® Work?
- da Vinci® Benefits
- da Vinci® Candidates
- da Vinci® Risks
What is Robotic Weight Loss Surgery?
Robotic weight loss surgery refers to use of the da Vinci® surgical system during gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, duodenal switch, and other bariatric procedures. The da Vinci® system was FDA-approved in 2000 and is now utilized for a number of surgical applications, including gynecology, urology, and cardiovascular surgery.
Traditionally, procedures like laparoscopic surgery were performed using inflexible, long-shafted instruments that could not bend or rotate. In addition, the instruments were handheld and required a surgeon to view the anatomy on a nearby 2D monitor. Robotic-assisted surgery can improve these processes by allowing a surgeon to perform the procedure via computer-guided, surgeon-controlled robotic arms. These mechanical arms translate the surgeon’s controls into highly accurate movements inside the body.
How Does da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Work?
The da Vinci® system is controlled by Dr. Bagshahi, who performs the procedure at a chair-side console. With the assistance of a tiny camera, Dr. Bagshahi is able to see a magnified, three-dimensional view of your internal organs in real time and without open surgery. His maneuvers are translated to four robotic arms, which make ultra-precise movements inside the body. In addition to offering a greater degree of surgical control, da Vinci® can eliminate the need for large incisions.
What are the Benefits of Using da Vinci® Technology for Bariatric Surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery often offers a number of benefits for bariatric patients, including:
- Short, one to two centimeter incisions
- Less extensive downtime and scarring when compared to open surgery
- Enhanced surgical control and precision during complex procedures
- A lower risk of complications
- Less invasiveness during surgery
The da Vinci® system can also provide greater visibility of the internal organs during surgery, often allowing robotic assistance to be particularly useful during complex procedures. While not all patients may be a candidate for robotic weight loss surgery, Dr. Bagshahi can help you determine whether your bariatric procedure may be improved with the da Vinci® surgical system.
Who is a Candidate for Robotic Weight Loss Surgery?
In general, the da Vinci® system can assist in complex weight loss procedures for patients who have a BMI of greater than or equal to 40 and are considered morbidly obese. Robotic-assisted surgery may also be indicated for medically obese individuals who also contend with other conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Dr. Bagshahi will review your medical history in great detail before recommending the da Vinci® system as part of your bariatric treatment plan.
Are There Any Risks Associated with da Vinci® Robotic Surgery?
The risks of robotic-assisted surgery are consistent with those of conventional weight loss procedures and include:
- Gastrointestinal leakage
- Dumping syndrome
- Nausea and vomiting
Fortunately, the da Vinci® system has evidence to suggest that gastrointestinal leaks and other complications can occur at a lower rate when compared to traditional open surgery. Still, it is essential to entrust your care to a highly experienced bariatric surgeon in order to minimize the risk of adverse outcomes if you are considering any type of weight loss procedure.
At Bagshahi Bariatric and General Surgery, your long-term health and happiness are our priority. If you have questions about the different weight loss techniques our bariatric surgeon offers, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today.