Obesity treatment, now safer
Gastric bypass for the treatment of obesity is a complex technique even for the most expert surgeons since it requires thorough manipulation of the stomach and small intestine. Thanks to the da Vinci robot, surgeons can perform this surgery in a minimally invasive manner and with greater precision and safety.
Robotic surgery provides surgeons with three-dimensional vision, an ergonomic position, a greater range of movements and complete elimination of tremor, thus allowing a fine dissection of the tissue and a drastic reduction of abdominal trauma.
What is bariatric and endocrine robotic surgery?
Da Vinci robotic surgery is a state-of-the-art surgical procedure, in which the conventional laparoscopic technique is combined with high-precision robotic technology thanks to the 4 robotic arms that are comfortably commanded by the surgeon from the surgical console and also using an immersive 3D high definition image. The robotic arms have a joint that grants the same movement capacity as the human wrist, so the surgeon can perform complex procedures with precision and safety.
The surgical techniques for the treatment of obesity are complex since they require a reconstruction (anastomosis) of the digestive tube, being this a critical step of the procedure since if there are leaks in the internal suture there will be complications, prolonged hospitalization times and even reinterventions
Thanks to the da Vinci robot assistance, the critical points of the surgery are performed accurately and safely, so the possibility of intestinal suture failure is considerably lower.
The robotic surgery allows operating with ergonomics, precision, and safety, which means less abdominal trauma, less suture leakage, and lower complication rate.
Robotic surgery advantages
Thanks to da Vinci robotic surgery, significant benefits are achieved, including:
More accurate tissue dissection
Less post-operative pain and less use of anti-inflammatories
Less chance of anastomotic leak
Less blood loss and less need for transfusions
Lower risk of complications
Shorter hospital stay
Faster recovery and earlier return to usual activities
Is robotic surgery right for me?
Probably yes. The use of the da Vinci robot extends to virtually all abdominal surgical interventions performed by surgeons, including surgery for the treatment of obesity and surgery for the removal of the adrenal gland.
Gastric bypass surgery involves making a small gastric reservoir and its connection with the nearest portion of the small intestine. For this, the articulated arms of the Da Vinci robot, remotely controlled by the surgeon from a console, introduce small and fine surgical instruments to the abdomen, through small incisions
When the stomach is smaller, the amount of food that can receive is less, which quickly produces satiety. Also, the connection to the small intestine decreases the absorption of calories, attenuates diabetes and improves gastroesophageal reflux.
The operation lasts approximately two to three hours and requires two nights of hospitalization.
Adrenal gland surgery
The adrenal gland is located just above each kidney, in a complex anatomical space called retroperitoneum.
The reasons for removing an adrenal gland may be its increase in size, due to the suspicion of a tumor, or an uncontrolled increase in its functioning (hyperaldosteronism and pheochromocytoma are some examples).
Thanks to the assistance of the da Vinci robot, this complex intervention is carried out in a much safer way and helps prevent injuries to neighboring structures, such as the kidney itself, the renal artery and vein and the large blood vessels.
Meet your surgeon
Dr. Jordi Tarascó Palomares
Dr. Tarascó is a specialist in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, minimally invasive surgery and is certified in da Vinci robotic surgery.
He has a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is currently an associate professor.
He carries out his care activity at the Germans Trias y Pujol University Hospital.
In the field of robotic surgery, he is one of the surgeons with the most experience in robotic procedures in endocrine-metabolic surgery, being in this area a national and international reference.