Robotic Bariatric Surgery

New Advances in Robotic Bariatric Surgery in Denver

Firstly, There are a number of options when it comes to weight loss, or bariatric, surgery. You may have heard of gastric bypass surgery, one of the better-known types of bariatric surgery. Secondly, Celebrities have made the gastric bypass procedure commonly known. But there are a few different types of surgeries that are worth discussing when it comes to bariatrics. Lastly, Dr. Brown also performs the sleeve gastrectomy, sometimes referenced when discussing the duodenal switch.


At CBSI, the truth is that no one type of surgery is the right fit for all patients. No matter what the right fit is for you, Dr. Brown and his team will work to help you achieve your goals. Moreover, Weight loss surgery has continued to introduce new equipment and techniques to make it more efficient and safe. Most recently, robotic surgery has enhanced the recovery process for patients. And has added another level of precision for physicians.

Robotic Surgery

Dr. Brown practices bariatrics with the Intuitive da Vinci robot, a state of the art machine. Through robotic surgery, he can ensure quicker recovery time, a shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications than other bariatric surgeons in the Denver area. In fact, Dr. Thomas Brown is the most experienced robotic bariatric surgeon in the Rocky Mountain region.

Our Team Work

Our team is the only bariatric robotic epicenter in Denver. And is fully dedicated to helping patients live happier healthier lives. Furthermore, Dr. Brown practices at Parker Hospital medical center. Hear more about robotic procedure from Dr. Brown himself.

What to Expect in a Robot-Assisted Surgery

Most Importantly, There is A common misconception of robotic bariatric surgery is that the robot performs the procedure. Fortunately, that is not how it works. Dr. Brown sits at a console next to the operating table and performs the necessary actions. If you have furthermore queries then you can visit us or contact us.

Loose Your Weight

No matter what type of surgery is right for you, Somehow, the surgical system set in place at CBSI will help you lose weight. Both the gastric bypass and the sleeve work by creating a small pouch as part of the stomach. And This will limit the amount of food you can take in at a time, which will help get rid of excess weight.

Ideal Candidates for Robotic Weight Loss Surgery

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 be able to discuss potential options or even alternatives with you. Our office can also discuss cost with you and see what is covered through your health insurance.

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We like to clarify that weight loss surgery is not a quick fix. Patients that find the most success after surgery are those that commit to making lasting changes in their daily lives after surgery.

This compliance on behalf of the patient makes the surgery successful long-term. Learning and practicing new nutritional habits will ensure that you lose weight and keep it off.

Robotic surgery should be an option for any adult who is already a good candidate for elective bariatric surgery.

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 includ: 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

Our Team

Our team is dedicated to supporting you throughout your weight loss journey. This means that we believe in the importance of nutritional education. We will make sure you feel ready to adjust your nutritional habits after surgery.

Learn More

Read more about the different types of weight loss surgery on our blog. Then call us to discuss your options! You can also watch videos, narrated by Dr. Brown, to highlight the differences between weight loss surgery on our YouTube Channel.

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. These are: improved visualization, more precise movements, and the ability to monitor blood supply.

Robotic Surgery

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 movement of the surgeon’s fingers and hands to be more controlled. This translates into more precise movement of instruments, allowing for improved and better surgical technique. This is different than 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 blood stream. 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 to robotic weight loss surgery is a faster, smoother recovery.

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

A recent study performed found that robotic surgeries performed by Dr. Brown were well above national averages.


For example, even before 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 virtually no patients are readmitted to the hospital after surgery with Dr. Brown. His complication rate is also 0%, compared to the national average of 2%.

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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. Learn more about life before and after bariatric surgery on our blog.

Want to find out more about your robotic bariatric surgery options with Dr. Brown? Contact our skilled and compassionate team at Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute at 303-861-4505. We look forward to discussing your options with you and helping you achieve your weight loss goals!

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