If you and your doctor have decided that having bariatric surgery is the route for you, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. The many benefits of this leading-edge surgical system can include smaller incisions (similar to traditional laparoscopy), lower rates of complications, lower rates of wound infection, less blood loss, less scarring, shorter hospital stays, and a faster return to normal daily activities. For bariatric surgery specifically, the da Vinci System offers the potential benefits of being able to be used on higher BMI patients, lower rates of gastrointestinal leaks, lower risks of needing follow-up surgery, lower risks of having to convert to open surgery, and reduced surgeon fatigue for this technically and physically demanding procedure (due to the ergonomically designed surgeon’s console) compared to traditional laparoscopy.
The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the abilities of the human wrist. These features enable your surgeon to operate with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control. State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System. At the da Vinci console, your surgeon operates while seated comfortably, viewing a highly magnified 3D image of the body’s interior. As your surgeon manipulates the controls, da Vinci responds to your surgeon’s input in real time, translating his or her hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of miniaturized instruments at the patient-side cart.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, since surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While da Vinci Gastric Bypass is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.