What are the benefits of robotics for weight loss surgery?

Robotic surgery for weight loss is a type of minimally invasive surgery that allows the surgeon to visualize the operation in three dimensions and move the instruments with more degrees of motion. It also uses instruments that are more ergonomic than standard minimally invasive ones, which may prevent fatigue and make specific maneuvers like suturing more efficient. That said, robotic surgery has not been shown to improve outcomes beyond standard minimally invasive techniques.

With robot-assisted surgery, incisions are smaller, which for the obese patient means less of a chance for wound infections and hernias that can develop after any open surgery. Many bariatric or weight loss surgery patients are home within 24 hours after a  gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy. The national average is usually three to four days in the hospital.

With minimally invasive surgery and the robotic devices specifically, complication rates are down significantly as are hospital readmissions.

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