On December 30, 2008, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) performed the first robotic gastric bypass case in Georgia.
"Robotic surgery is a particularly good option for bariatric patients who choose the gastric bypass procedure," says Alex Nguyen, MD, a surgeon with Lanier Bariatric Specialists, a division of Northeast Georgia Surgical Associates, in Gainesville, and medical director of the Robotic Surgical Program at NGMC.
"When performing a gastric bypass procedure, the most complicated and important part of the surgery is creating the communication between the stomach and small bowel after creating the gastric pouch. The most common approaches in connecting them are to either staple or hand sew them together, but the approach that has demonstrated the best results and least complications to date is the sewing approach. The robot makes hand sewing much easier by increasing the dexterity, precision and vision of the surgeon in the tight space. More and more studies are now showing that not only in bariatrics but also in other surgical specialties, complication rates are less in the robotic-assisted approach when compared to the standard laparoscopic approaches."
Like all new technology, robotic surgery is not appropriate for all patients. For more information about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options available at NGMC’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center, call 770-219-0061.
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Surgeons performing bariatric robotic surgery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center:
Alex Nguyen, MD
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates
Medical Director of Robotic Surgical Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center