Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
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What is Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery?
For years, laparoscopy was one of the only bariatric surgery methods available, and at the time, sufficed as a sound medical procedure. While Dr. Brown has performed thousands of successful laparoscopic bariatric procedures in the past, he has found that this method does not match up to the ease and efficiency of robotic bariatric surgery. Still, Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute believes it is helpful to understand how both procedures work. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery is carried out by creating five or six small incisions to enter the abdomen through cannulas (narrow tube-like instruments). The laparoscope, a fiber-optic device connected to a tiny video camera, is inserted through the abdominal wall and a picture is projected onto a TV. This gives the surgeon a better view of the stomach and permits small-scale surgery. Once in place, the surgeon will begin by stapling the top portion of the stomach to separate it from the bottom portion. This works to create a small stomach pouch that restricts food intake. Laparoscopic surgery is completed by connecting the section of the small intestine to the small stomach pouch. This warrants food to bypass the lower stomach, reducing the number of calories and nutrients the body can absorb. Though laparoscopic surgery may seem effective, robotic bariatric surgery undoubtedly has the upper-hand.
What is Robotic Bariatric Surgery?
As Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute’s chosen form of bariatric surgery, robotic surgery helps overcome the limitations associated with out-of-date laparoscopic surgery. Though these two types of bariatric surgery are relatively similar, how they are performed differ immensely. Robotic bariatric surgery is carried out by a surgeon who utilizes a technologically-advanced surgical robot. This robot is a surgical assistance tool that allows surgeons to carry out bariatric surgery using computer-guided, magnified, 3D visualizations. The surgeon guides the robot through small incisions in the patient’s abdomen, and the robot provides a remarkably clear and steady view of the stomach and other internal organs. Using robotic arms, the surgeon is able to make movements that the robot mimics into ultra-precise and scaled-down movements within the patient’s body. Compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, robotic bariatric surgery provides surgeons with a greater range of motion, precision, and overall efficiency.
Robotic vs. Laparoscopic
The truth is, Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute does not feel compelled to offer laparoscopic bariatric surgery due to the numerous and compelling advantages of robotic bariatric surgery. Though laparoscopic surgery is relatively simple and effective in its own right, it poses a plethora of limitations that robotic-assisted surgery can easily overcome. For example, laparoscopic bariatric surgery can only offer 2D imaging and limited range of motion. In contrast, robotic surgery provides 3D HD visibility and instruments that are capable of bending and rotating within small spaces far more efficiently than the human wrist could. Further benefits robotic bariatric surgery has over laparoscopic surgery include:
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss and pain
- Computerized measurements
- Eliminates the chance of operator error
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower rates of infection
- Faster, smoother recovery
- Better suturing capabilities
- Ability to monitor blood supply
- Technologically-advanced control
- Lower rate of gastrointestinal leaks
- Lower risk of needing a follow-up surgery
The benefits of robotic bariatric surgery are plentiful, and the process is revolutionary. Robot-assisted bariatric surgery’s capacity to access hard-to-reach places within the body is incomparable to any other type of operational method. The robot possesses the highest level of dexterity possible and can reach previously inaccessible areas within the body, making this the superior, and to Dr. Brown, the only bariatric surgery option worth offering his patients.
Robotic Bariatric Surgery for the Win
Dr. Brown’s many years of experience concludes that robotic bariatric surgery far exceeds laparoscopic techniques. With over 1,000 robotically-performed procedures under his belt, Brown is a leading surgeon in the development of bariatric procedures in Denver, CO, and is the most experienced robotic bariatric surgeon in the Rocky Mountain region. If you’re in the Denver area and looking for a safer and more effective approach to bariatric surgery, Call Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute today to learn more!