For people who are very overweight, bariatric surgery is often an ideal method for shedding large amounts of excess weight. This type of surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach by removing a section of it.

The principle behind bariatric surgery is that it can help patients lose weight by reducing their appetite. The smaller stomach cannot store as much food, and this offers positive results for those aiming for weight loss.

The type of surgery is dictated by several factors. Sometimes, doctors will merely resize the stomach so that it holds less food. Other times, the size of the stomach will be more drastically reduced, leaving just a sleeve-type stomach for storing food. This is known as gastric sleeve surgery.

Traditionally, bariatric surgery has been performed using incisions made in the abdomen. Newer methods have offered better results in many instances. One of the most advanced methods is known as robotic sleeve surgery.

What Is Robotic Sleeve Surgery?

Robotic sleeve surgery relies on a robotic system to help the surgeon perform the procedure. This system plays many roles during the surgery.

The system is able to capture images from within the body. This gives the surgeon a three-dimensional look into exactly what is going on inside the body, allowing for greater accuracy when performing the surgery.

The robotic system offers surgeons more control, since the robotic arm can be operated easily and responds to a great degree to the surgeon’s commands. The robotic arm is quite flexible, offering access to areas that may not be manually accessed easily. Robotic surgery thus helps make the procedure safer and lowers the risk of complications during surgery.

Safe and Convenient

For patients who are worried about the idea of surgery but are in desperate need of weight loss, robotic sleeve surgery offers numerous benefits.

The movements of the tools are easy to control and incredibly precise, so there are fewer risks of complications occurring during the surgery.

The incisions are also smaller than those used in other bariatric procedures. Because of this, the healing time is faster and the need to stay for long periods at the hospital after surgery is eliminated.

Patients can generally go home two to three days after the surgery. It takes a few weeks for the incisions to heal. You will be asked to avoid strenuous activities during the healing process.

Good Candidates

Robotic sleeve surgery offers hope for many patients who have tried plenty of weight-loss methods and failed to reduce their weight. Bariatric surgery has been prescribed for people who are very overweight and not in a condition to undertake exercise, diet, or similar traditional methods for weight loss. Their weight may even be causing health problems for them.

This type of surgery is not suitable for everyone. Your surgeon will take you through extensive consultations to assess your requirements and your eligibility for surgery before laying out the next course of action.

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