New Advances in Robotic Bariatric Surgery in Colorado

As new equipment and techniques continue to evolve, bariatric surgery has become even more efficient and safe. Robotic bariatric surgery is now making that difference. At Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute, we are fortunate to have the most experienced robotic bariatric surgeon in the Rocky Mountain region. Our team is the only bariatric robotic epicenter in Colorado and is fully dedicated to helping patients live happier, healthier lives. 

What to expect in a robot-assisted surgery

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. The robot simply mimics those actions, translating them to a scaled-down motion for deliberate and precise movements. Dr. Brown has performed over 6,000 weight loss surgeries, over 600 of which were done robotically.

Good candidates for robotic weight loss surgery

Robotic surgery is a great fit for any adult who is already a good candidate for elective bariatric surgery. Suitable candidates may include patients who:

  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have a BMI of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher plus an additional weight-related condition like diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease, or GERD
  • Have tried multiple diet and exercise programs with no success
  • Do not smoke
  • Are dedicated to maintaining the modified lifestyle that accompanies bariatric surgery

Robotic vs laparoscopic bariatric surgery

While Dr. Brown has performed thousands of successful laparscopic bariatric pprocedures, he has found compelling advantages that make robotic bariatric surgery a better surgical procedure: improved visualization, more precise movements, and the ability to monitor blood supply.

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.

The 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.

After surgery recovery

One of the biggest draws to minimally invasive weight loss surgery is a faster, smoother recovery. Potential benefits of robotic-assisted surgery includes:

  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower rates of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of needing a follow-up surgery

While it will still take some time to recover and adapt to a post-bariatric surgery lifestyle, in our experience, robotic bariatric surgery is superior to laparoscopic techniques.

Want to find out more about robotic bariatric surgery? Call our office today at 303-861-4505!


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