Robotic Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions


What is robotic bariatric surgery?

This form of weight loss surgery provides surgeons with an alternative to traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The daVinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery over traditional surgery?

Robotic surgery gives surgeons greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Patients may experience a shorter hospital stay, less pain, reduced risk of infection, less blood loss, minimized scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

Who is in charge—the robot or the surgeon?

The daVinci system enables surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. The system cannot be programmed or do any surgical movement without the surgeon's input. Your surgeon is still in charge— the robot is just an extension of the surgeon, a sophisticated tool that makes the most of the surgeon's skill and expertise.

How does robotic surgery impact my recovery and return to work?

Robot-assisted surgery uses the latest, most precise instruments and small incisions. That typically means minimal scarring and a quicker return to work than with traditional open surgery or laparoscopic procedures.

Will insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Insurance companies want to see that you have made serious attempts lose weight before through exercise or programs such as Weight Watchers® or Jenny Craig®. We can help you determine what your plan covers and any cost you might incur.