Bariatric Surgery Q&A
If you are considering having bariatric surgery, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. There are a variety of bariatric surgery options available to patients from West Los Angeles and Marina del Rey, California including gastric bands, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeves. All procedures can be performed laparoscopically or with da Vinci technology.
What is a laparoscopic gastric bypass?
A gastric bypass is a surgical procedure where the surgeon works to bypass most of the stomach and small intestine so that the total amount of food that can be held by the stomach is significantly decreased. A gastric bypass reduces the space available in the stomach to the size of an egg and the limited capacity should signal to the patient that he or she is full much earlier.
What is a gastric sleeve?
A gastric sleeve is a surgical procedure which removes about 75% of a patient’s stomach, greatly reducing the area available for food. Also, the stomach is responsible for producing the hunger hormone and by removing part of the organ, the remaining portion produces less of that hormone and the patient feels less hungry.
What is a gastric band?
A gastric band, also known as a lap band, is a small inflatable silicone band which is placed around the top portion of the stomach. This device creates a small pouch in the stomach, which limits the amount of food that can be consumed and the speed of eating.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
Instead of the large abdominal incision used in open surgery, da Vinci surgeons make just a few small incisions – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. These features enable your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
State-of-the-art da Vinci
State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.
Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.