Robotic Bariatric Surgery
WakeMed Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina is proud to offer robotic bariatric surgery procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. Robotically assisted surgery represents the very latest in surgical technology and advancement. While it is a relatively new development, over 1.5 million surgical procedures have been performed using the technology with great success. We are excited to see this technology mature and develop to offer even greater benefits to our patients.
How Robotic Surgery Works
Unlike how it sounds, the robotic surgical system is completely controlled by the surgeon. The surgeon manipulates the robot from a console located near the operating room. Hand movements are translated, scaled and inputted into the robot to create very deliberate and precise motions. The robotic instruments are wristed, much like the human wrist, but have a far greater range of motion.
One of the great benefits to the surgeon includes an enhanced 3 dimensional view of the surgical field. This allows for a clearer picture versus the television monitor mounted above the operating table. It also reduces surgeon fatigue as they no longer need to stand by the operating table for the entirety of the procedure. Indeed, the surgeon is seated comfortably in a “pod” of sorts and is virtually immersed in the surgical field.
The procedure is performed much in the same way as a traditional laparoscopic procedure and offers similar benefits including shortened hospital stay and recovery as well as less pain and blood loss, versus open surgery.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
- More complex procedures can be performed laparoscopically
- Greater control of the medical devices than in traditional laparoscopic surgery
- The surgeon has a better, 3D visualization of the surgical field
- The dexterity and range of motion of the robotic arm is greater than that of traditional laparoscopic devices
Possible Risks and Considerations of Robotic Surgery
- Not all patients will qualify including those who are morbidly obese
- The procedure is sometimes longer in length than traditional laparoscopy
- The risks of any major surgical procedure still apply
To learn more about robotic surgery and whether it is right for you, we suggest you attend a seminar – either in person or online – which will be followed by a consultation with our team. We look forward to answering your questions about weight loss, bariatric surgery and robotically-assisted procedures.