Robotic Bariatric Expert

Dr. Pomeranz’s extensive surgical background allows him to perform sophisticated robotic bariatric surgeries at Las Vegas Bariatrics confidently. 

Robotic Surgery for Improved Surgical Outcomes

Las Vegas Bariatrics is proud to offer the latest surgical technology: robotic-assisted bariatric and general surgery. With the state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi Surgical System, our surgeons can perform routine and complex procedures with superior vision, precision, flexibility, and control.

Intelligent surgery with DaVinci technologies ensures that patients get the best care possible by reducing variability in surgical outcomes, thus contributing to better overall patient results. Our commitment to innovative technology underscores our commitment to providing all patients with world-class treatment every step of the way.

What is the Procedure for Robotic Bariatric Surgery?

Once the robot is in place, the surgeon gets seated in a console in the operating room, with complete control over the robotic arms. The surgeon’s inputs are scaled and translated into perfectly smooth motions for the utmost precision. Some of the many advanced features of the robotic surgical system are:

Field of Vision

Typically, monitors similar to home TVs are placed above the operating table in traditional minimally invasive surgery. A laparoscope (camera) is inserted into the abdomen and projects the image to these monitors. Because of the positioning and 2-dimensional nature of the image, the surgeon’s depth perception is compromised. Training and experience have, of course, overcome this limitation. However, the robotic surgical system greatly minimizes this learning curve. The cameras used in the robotic system offer a three-dimensional and high-definition field of vision unmatched in laparoscopy.

Wristed Arms 

Robotically assisted surgery takes traditional minimally invasive instruments to a whole new level. The robotic arms are wristed, allowing for a greater range of motion that eliminates some of the limitations of traditional laparoscopic devices and offers even greater dexterity than the human wrist. The result is greater flexibility than laparoscopic surgeons have ever had before. The movements performed within the abdominal cavity are superior to those of traditional laparoscopic devices. 

Created with Surgeon Comfort in Mind 

In addition to offering our surgeons great flexibility, the Da Vinci system also reduces fatigue. Traditional laparoscopy requires the surgeon to stand by the operating table through the entire procedure (sometimes for hours on end) and look up at a series of monitors above the patient. Neck, shoulder, arm, and leg discomfort is reduced. The DaVinci System gives the surgeon a comfortable setting, seated in an ergonomic console near the OR. The surgeon is looking directly into the console in a very natural position.

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What are Some of the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?

  • The minimally invasive nature of robotically assisted surgery means fewer complications, including less blood loss, less pain, and a quicker recovery versus open surgery
  • More agile instruments allow for complex surgeries to be performed in a minimally invasive manner when they otherwise might be performed in an open manner
  • Dramatically improves surgeon ergonomics to minimize fatigue
  • Proven technology with over 3 million robotically assisted cases performed worldwide
  • Precise suturing offers a safe alternative to stapling for optimal anastomosis
  • Provides meticulous dissection and suturing for complex revisions
  • Shorter OR times, especially in high BMI patients
  • Better precision, dexterity & control
  • Better visualization for the surgeon
  • Fewer complications

Compared to open surgery for weight loss, da Vinci provides the potential for:

  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker return to normal activities

What are the Risks and Considerations?

  • Robotic surgery still carries the risks of the same procedure being performed in a traditional laparoscopic manner. This is still major surgery with risks that include infection, pain, blood loss, and in rare cases, death.
  • If the robot fails or malfunctions, the procedure may have to be converted to a traditional laparoscopic or open technique.
  • The surgical robot does not make surgery “easier” in and of itself. There is no substitute for surgeon skill and experience.

Am I a Candidate for Robotic Surgery?

Not all patients will qualify for robotic weight loss and general surgery. Patients can learn more about their options by consulting with one of our surgeons.

What is the Recovery From Robotic Bariatric Surgery?

Robotic bariatric surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can benefit most patients. Generally, recovery time is one week. Patients need to rest and follow the doctor's instructions during this time.

Eating habits must also be adjusted, as your stomach size has been reduced. Sources of support, such as nutritionists and support groups, are available to help during this transition period.

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Why Choose Las Vegas Bariatrics for Robotic Bariatric Surgery?

At Las Vegas Bariatrics, our goal is to provide comprehensive care that leads to true illness prevention and lifestyle maintenance. Our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Bernie Hanna, Dr. Morgan Pomeranz, and Dr. Punam Patel, are highly trained in the latest cutting-edge therapies and treatments to ensure that each patient receives personalized care for their needs. With the state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi Surgical System, we can perform routine and complex procedures with superior vision, precision, flexibility, and control for an optimal outcome. In addition to providing patients with excellent medical care, we offer support such as nutritionists and support groups to help them transition into healthy living habits long after surgery.

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