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Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy

In a robotic sleeve gastrectomy, about 60 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This creates a sleeve shape. By reducing the size of the stomach, you will feel full eating less.

This procedure can help you lose weight while still absorbing the full amount of nutrients in your food. Sleeve gastrectomy has a lower complication rate than gastric bypass surgery.

How is it done?

During a robotic gastrectomy, surgeons make a few small incisions in the abdomen and are assisted by a robotic platform to help perform the surgery. A camera enables the surgeon to see inside the body while using tools to cut the stomach vertically into two sections. The larger section is removed and the remaining stomach is stapled shut, which creates the sleeve shape.

In a sleeve gastrectomy, there is no surgery needed on the small intestine and food progresses naturally through your digestive system.

This procedure is typically performed using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with much improved visualization and greater dexterity, and it's a less invasive approach compared to traditional open surgeries. Benefits to the patient can include smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery.

Watch Dr. Stelios Rekkas perform a sleeve gastrectomy on a real patient. Warning: This video contains graphic images of a surgical procedure. Viewer discretion is advised.

What are the advantages of a sleeve gastrectomy?

After a sleeve gastrectomy, you will feel hungry less often. Most patients can expect to lose 60 to 80 percent of excess body weight within one to two years after the procedure.

Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the procedure doesn’t require the intestines to be detached or rerouted. You will still absorb the full amount of nutrients and minerals from your food. Losing weight can help cure obesity-related diseases including diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.

Since the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients can expect a shorter hospital stay, less pain and fewer complications, lower risk of infection and a quicker recovery than traditional surgery.

Is sleeve gastrectomy right for me?

Many factors such as your health and weight-loss goals will determine if you are a qualified candidate for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Attend a free educational seminar to learn more about the benefits and possible risks of the bariatric surgeries available at Manatee Weight Loss Center.

Watch this video to learn more about the procedure.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Manatee Weight Loss Center at 941-896-9507.