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Bariatric Robotic Surgery

Bariatric Robotic Surgery

Georgia's first robotic gastric bypass surgery was performed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) on December 30, 2008.

Robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System can be a good option for bariatric patients who choose gastric bypass. 

What is robotic surgery and how can it help me?

Robotic surgery, utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System, is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With robotic surgery, the incisions made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. Benefits of robotic surgery compared to open surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring

In addition, gastric bypass patients typically benefit from a lower risk of gastrointestinal leaks and/or need for follow-up surgery.


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.

Patient Story

Learn more about surgeons who perform bariatric robotic surgery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and watch their videos:


Alex Nguyen, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Robert Richard, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Miguel del Mazo, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Center of Excellence

NGMC Gainesville is the first hospital in Georgia to receive accreditation as a Center of Excellence in both Robotic Surgery and Hernia Surgery. Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an internationally recognized patient safety organization, recently recognized NGMC for its dedication to delivering safe, effective and evidence-based patient care through its independent, external process of evaluation.

Hernia Seal of Excellence

Robotic Surgery Seal of Excellence

Learn more about how NGMC Gainesville made history as the first hospital in Georgia to receive accreditation as a Center of Excellence in both Robotic Surgery and Hernia Surgery.

What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon.

The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on.

The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body.

And, da Vinci software can minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements. 

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