GENERAL

 

da Vinci® Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery may be suggested for patients with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) and other medical conditions related to obesity.

Bariatric surgery can be done using open surgery through a large incision. It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery – through a few small incisions – with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery (gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery).

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass shrinks your stomach size and reroutes your digestive tract. During surgery, doctors divide your stomach to create a new, smaller stomach. The new stomach is attached to the small intestine and bypasses the larger part of your original stomach. Your new stomach is now much smaller — as is the amount of food it can hold.

Gastric Sleeve

During gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, most of your stomach is removed. As with gastric bypass, the smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach that remains is sealed and holds smaller amounts of food.

Risks & Considerations Related to Bariatric Surgery (includes gastric bypass (stomach reduction surgery), sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch): leaking and/or narrowing at the spot where two parts of the bowel were reconnected, leaking from where the bowel is cut, malnutrition, dumping syndrome (food moves too quickly into small intestine), dehydration, need for supplementation of vitamins, minerals and protein.

Contraindications to endoscopic surgery include morbid obesity.

da Vinci® Gastrectomy (Stomach Cancer Surgery)

Stomach cancer surgery is called a gastrectomy. It can be done using open surgery (through a large incision/cut) or minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

Risks & Considerations Related to Gastrectomy (removal of all/part of the stomach): leaking from the stomach or where the stomach is reconnected to the bowel, narrowing at the spot where stomach is reconnected to the bowel, difficulty swallowing, collapsed lung.

da Vinci® Pancreatectomy (benign/Cancer)

Surgery to remove cancer in the pancreas is called pancreatectomy. Surgery can be done using open surgery (through one large open incision) or minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

Risks & Considerations Related to Pancreatic Surgery (removal of all/part of the pancreas): inflamed pancreas, leak of pancreatic or bile juices, narrowing or leaking at the spot where the pancreas is connected to the bowel, injury to the spleen or bowel, insufficient pancreatic function (for example, diabetes), diarrhea, poor stomach emptying.