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UPMC On Topic: Robotic Assistance in Bariatric Surgery

An Interview With Dr. Amjad Ali

Da Vinci© robots provide three-dimensional, very high-resolution images of the laparoscopic field. Laparoscopic instruments used for the da Vinci robot have multiple joints on them that make them more flexible than the human wrist, improves the precision of laparoscopic procedures, and makes the operation easier for the surgical team. Patients enjoy the benefit of less pain and less trauma to the abdominal wall and reduced incidents of major complications like bleeding and leakage.

Who is Eligible?

Any patient undergoing laparoscopic surgery could benefit from the use of the da Vinci robot, but it is particularly helpful for patients who are undergoing complex laparoscopic procedures like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

It is especially helpful in those who are challenging surgical candidates because they have a larger body mass index or had previous bariatric surgery that could leave scar tissue behind. The use of robots will make the operation more precise.

Patient Communications

The UPMC Hamot Bariatric Program is a comprehensive bariatric program. Patients receive a lot of preoperative education, preparation, and counseling. They are taken care of by experienced health care professionals while they are here, and for their long-term success we offer bariatric supportive meetings to help them through the process of bariatric surgery.

Partner for Life-Changing Surgery

UPMC Hamot is a comprehensive bariatric program. It has been in existence since 2003, and it is a very high-volume bariatric program. Our surgeons are very experienced, they are board-certified and members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

We are a Center of Excellence designated by Surgical Review Corporation. That means we meet very strict criteria, including regular on-site inspections. We report our quality outcomes and we have a very low incidence of major complications. We are your partner through all aspects of this life-changing surgery.

For more information, contact us at 1-814-877-6997.