Bariatric Surgery

Robot-Assisted Surgery for Weight Loss in Dallas

Weight loss surgery can be a great way to help individuals with a high body mass index size down and live healthier, safer lives. Traditionally, these procedures were made through a large incision, but medical advancements can now allow us to perform the same surgeries with minimally invasive techniques. Laparoscopic approaches revolutionized bariatric surgery, but the robotic platform can now taking bariatric surgery to the next level.

Robot-assisted surgical systems, like the da Vinci, enable doctors to perform surgery with higher visibility and increased precision. If you are interested in receiving a bariatric surgery for weight loss, consider the benefits of a robot–assisted device.

Weight Loss Surgeries Available

Some of the most common weight loss surgeries performed with the use of robotic technology are the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve. In a gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided and reconnected to create a new, smaller stomach. A gastric sleeve, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, also creates a smaller stomach, but instead of leaving the remaining stomach in the body, it removes the tissue altogether.

Some patients are pursuing biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, or sometimes commonly referred to simply as duodenal switch. Either as a stand-alone operation or as the second stage following a sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure combines the benefits of a gastric bypass and sleeve.

The goal of each of these surgeries is to minimize the amount of food the stomach can hold, affect the hunger and metabolism hormones, and change the absorption of food. This causes not only weight loss, but significant improvements (if not resolution) of health parameters including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, arthritis, and more.

The Benefits of Robotic Surgical Devices

Performing a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve with the help of a robotic device can make the surgery much easier (and hence, safer). The operating surgeon is still in complete control of the surgery, but instead of making the incisions by hand, they will use the arms of the da Vinci system to control small instruments within the abdomen. Not only does this device offer greater control and flexibility, it also provides the surgeon with a 3D view inside the body. Ultimately, this may make the connections in the abdomen safer, decrease blood loss, and improve the surgical outcome.

A robot-assisted surgery offers the following potential benefits:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less recovery time overall
  • Less risk of follow-up surgery
  • Low chance of gastrointestinal leaks
  • Minimal to no scarring

Let Our Medical Team Help You

If you are interested in receiving a weight loss surgery with the use of a robotic surgical device, our medical staff at Methodist Dallas Medical Center is prepared to help. We handle several different medical conditions on a daily basis, so you can rest easy knowing you are in good hands.

Contact Methodist Dallas Medical Center to learn more about robot-assisted weight loss procedures at our Dallas facility.