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Robotics in Bariatric Surgery

The newest model of the Da Vinci robot has arrived at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York. The arrival of the robot brings us the very latest in surgical technology. We are working hard to integrate this technology into our outstanding Bariatric Surgery program.

Why Robotics in Bariatric Surgery?

For most bariatric surgery procedures, a traditional laparoscopic approach is usually sufficient to successfully complete the procedure.

However, for patients with a high BMI (over 55), the abdominal wall becomes significantly thicker and makes traditional laparoscopic surgery much more difficult. Using the Da Vinci robot allows successful bariatric surgery in high BMI patients to be accomplished with ease.

Unlike traditional laparoscopic surgery, the robotic arms have the ability to rotate (very similar to how you can rotate your wrist). A robotic arm can rotate through 360 degrees- well beyond the ability of traditional laparoscopic instruments. This ability allows a surgeon to perform surgery in tight spaces and navigate thicker abdominal walls.

Robotic surgery uses a high definition, 3-D camera which provides more clarity to the surgeon when operating around sensitive tissues. The robot allows more control over small movements and allows the surgeon to operate with more precision.

Using the cutting-edge technology introduced by the robot, we have expanded the types of patients we can treat. Dr. Chipman, our robotic surgeon, performs the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch using the robot. This procedure provides excellent and durable weight loss for patients with very high BMI’s (over 55)

Our robotic surgeons are fellowship trained and certified. The surgical team consists of a certified robot surgeon, physician assistant, surgical tech, and circulator nurse. Every member of the team has been trained in robotic surgery to ensure patient safety.

Call today to make an appointment with Dr. Chipman.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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