Robotic Bariatric Surgery

New Advances in Robotic Bariatric Surgery in Denver

There are a number of options when it comes to weight loss or bariatric surgery. Celebrities have made gastric bypass surgery – one of the better-known types – popular, however, there are different types of surgeries that are worth discussing when it comes to bariatrics. While gastric bypass is one option, another way to help you slim down is sleeve gastrectomy which can be performed by Dr. Brown. 

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At CBSI, we work to find the best surgery option for each patient. No matter what your goals are or which option you find to be best suited for you, Dr. Brown and his team will work with the latest weight loss equipment and techniques to help get the procedure done safely & efficiently.

Moreover, weight loss surgery has introduced new robotic technology in recent years making recovery faster while increasing precision levels during operations.

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The Intuitive da Vinci robot is a state-of-the-art machine that Dr. Brown uses to perform bariatric surgeries. Through robotic surgery, Dr. Brown ensures quick recovery time and low complication rates for patients compared to other bariatric surgeons in Denver. Dr. Thomas Brown, the most experienced bariatric surgeon in the Rocky Mountain region, resides here at this institute where you can get top-notch treatment from a trusted professional!

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As the only bariatric robotic epicenter in Denver, we’re dedicated to helping patients live happier and healthier lives. Practicing at Parker Hospital medical center, let us hear more about the robotic procedure from Dr. Brown himself.

What to Expect in a Robot-Assisted Surgery

It’s important to note that while the robot provides assistance, the surgeon is still in full control of their actions. A common misconception about robotic bariatric surgery is that the robot performs the procedure alone. Instead, Dr. Brown performs all the procedures while sitting at a console next to the operating table. If you have any questions regarding the procedure, feel free to visit our website or contact us directly!

Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Brown has performed thousands of successful laparoscopic bariatric procedures. He has also found compelling advantages that make robotic bariatric surgery a better surgical procedure. 

For these reasons, Dr. Brown feels that robotic surgery is the best in ensuring a successful surgery and an improved recovery for the patient. If you have any questions about the benefits of robotic surgery, please don’t hesitate to bring those up with Dr. Brown.

Ideal Candidates for Robotic Weight Loss Surgery

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Weight loss surgery may be a great fit for you! Discuss your options with your Primary Care Physician, or call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown. He will discuss potential options and even alternatives so that he can best determine if weight loss surgery is the right option for you. Our office also offers cost assessment where we look at what is covered and not by your health insurance plans.

 

Ideal candidates are people who are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Obese with a BMI of 35 or higher and have another weight-related condition. These include: type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure), or joint pain
  • Unsuccessful after trying multiple diet and exercise programs
  • Non-smokers
  • Dedicated to maintaining the lifestyle changes that accompany bariatric surgery

Advantages of Robotic Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Brown has performed thousands of successful laparoscopic bariatric procedures. He has also found compelling advantages that make robotic bariatric surgery a better surgical procedure. These are: improved visualization, more precise movements, and the ability to monitor blood supply.

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For these reasons, he feels robotic surgery is the best in ensuring a successful surgery and an improved recovery for the patient. If you have any questions about the benefits of robotic surgery, please don’t hesitate to bring those up with Dr. Brown.

Improvement in Visualization

During robotic surgery, the 3D picture provided by the robot gives the surgeon depth perception. Traditional laparoscopic pictures are two-dimensional, so they look like something you would view on television. Depth perception allows for a more precise understanding of the anatomy and decreases the chance for error.

Precise Movement of Instruments

The robotic platform allows the movement of the surgeon’s fingers and hands to be more controlled. This translates into more precise movement of instruments which allows for improved and better surgical techniques. This is different from traditional laparoscopic procedures, which rely on two-pronged instruments.

Ability to Monitor Blood Supply

The robot has the technology to check the blood supply to the stomach at the end of the procedure by injecting a dye into the bloodstream. This shows where the blood is flowing and eliminates any question involving the adequacy of blood supply to the stomach. The robot takes a lot of the guesswork out of surgery, meaning that the physician can focus on the task at hand.

Recovery After Surgery

One of the biggest draws of robotic weight loss surgery is a faster, smoother recovery.

Other potential benefits of robotic surgery include: 

  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower rates of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of needing a follow-up surgery
  • A recent study found that robotic surgeries performed by Dr. Brown were well above national averages.

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Even before using the robot, Dr. Brown had a low readmission rate. With the robot, his readmission rate is 0.1% compared to a national average of 5%. This means that no patients are readmitted to the hospital after surgery with Dr. Brown. Furthermore, his complication rate is also 0%, compared to the national average of 2%.

While it will still take some time to recover and adapt to a post-surgery lifestyle, in our experience, robotic bariatric surgery is superior to laparoscopic techniques. To know more about life before and after bariatric surgery check out our blog.

Learn More

Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute’s caring team is dedicated to helping you find your path towards healthy weight loss. If you are interested in weight loss surgery, learn more about the different types on our blog. You can also watch informational videos narrated by Dr. Brown on our YouTube Channel to highlight the differences between them.

Reach out to our skilled and compassionate team at 303-861-4505 to find out more about our robotic bariatric surgery. We look forward to discussing your options and helping you achieve your weight loss goals!

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