The Benefits of Robotic Bariatric Surgery
By Dr. Michael Sofronski, Bariatric Surgeon
Losing weight and keeping it off can be a life-long struggle for some. In certain cases, people are unable to lose the weight necessary to be healthy. If you are struggling, talk to your primary care provider about whether you might be a candidate for surgical weight loss programs. Then, call my office to set up a consultation.
Adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher are candidates for weight loss surgery. Those with a BMI of 35 or higher who also have additional health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or heart disease, are also candidates for weight loss surgery.
In my practice, I specialize in gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy weight loss procedures. Through Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery, I use the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System – the most advanced technology available today.
Using the da Vinci system allows me to perform surgical weight loss procedures through the smallest of incisions. It is a precise surgical technique that benefits my patients because there is less risk of infection and patients heal from the procedure more quickly.
In many cases, my patients are able to go home the next day with minimal pain.
Types of Bariatric Surgeries
Bariatric surgery is a commitment to a new lifestyle. It is not the easy way out. For my patients, decided to have weight loss surgery is the same as committing to a new and healthier lifestyle. Each patient must complete a pre-surgery program, which includes diet, exercise, and regular office visits. This program teaches patients how they will need to live following surgery to have the best results.
At Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery, I offer the two most successful weight loss procedures – gastric bypass and gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
- Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes the intestines to change the digestive track. Gastric bypass assists with weight loss by limiting food intake and reducing calories that are absorbed after eating.
- Vertical sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach to 30% of its original capacity. Because there is no rerouting of the intestines, it is less extreme than the gastric bypass. In addition to limiting the amount of food you are able to eat, the sleeve also offers excellent appetite suppression. This procedure does not require any implanted devices.
After Weight Loss Surgery
Patients who have completed the pre-surgery program of changing their diet, adding exercise, and attending regular updates with their physician, are extremely ready to be successful following surgery.
During the pre-surgery time period, they attend classes where the group discusses emotional issues and provides support for what to expect after surgery. Counseling sessions are also often recommended as our weight can play a big role in how we see ourselves and how we engage with the world around us.
Common side effects from weight loss surgery include nausea, diarrhea, bloating, or dizziness. As your body becomes accustomed to the new you, many of these symptoms dissipate.
If you are ready to take the next step, talk to your physician about whether you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.
Due to COVID-19, our in-person education sessions and group support meetings have been postponed. However, if you are interested in bariatric surgery and have questions, the Bariatric Wellness Coordinator can help. Fill out the form here. Call our bariatric surgery specialists at 302-703-3630. Learn more: Bariatric Surgery at Beebe.