Robotic sleeve gastrectomy is a robotic-assisted weight loss procedure that uses our da Vinci robotic system. Robotics is an advanced tool that enhances the surgeon’s ability to perform surgical procedures with more precision. The procedure involves the removal of the outer margin of the stomach to restrict the intake of food to a certain degree. Additionally, the part of the stomach which produces the Ghrelin hormones that cause hunger pangs is removed, hence leading to significant weight loss.
For one to be considered for the procedure, they should:
Risks and complications are inevitable with any form of surgery. However, individuals who undergo the Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy are usually monitored closely after the procedure to minimize these risks.
Some of the possible risks of the procedure include:
Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy is performed by a bariatric surgeon using keyhole surgery under general anesthesia and takes about an hours. During the procedure, while using the da Vinci system, the surgeon sits at a console near the patient in the operating room. Through the console, the surgeon makes several small incisions the size of a fingertip in the patient’s stomach to insert the laparoscope and other small surgical tools to divide the stomach.
With the system’s 3D high-definition view, the surgeon can see the target area ten times more clearly than the human eye can. Every movement the surgeon makes is translated into real-time action by the device, which bends and rotates equipment with a similar range of motion to a human hand. With the aid of integrated tremor filtration technology, the surgeon can move each tool with accuracy and success.
A smaller tube-shaped stomach is created by surgically removing the right portion of the stomach, which contains the Ghrelin hormones, and sectioning off the left half of the stomach with staples.
The new stomach is tubular in shape and has been shrunk while keeping the sphincter muscles in the upper and lower stomach.
Upon completion of the procedure, the surgeon uses dissolving sutures and sterile tape to seal the incision site to promote healing.