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PHILADELPHIA (January 10, 2013) - Einstein Bariatrics has advanced another notch with the introduction of robotic-assisted surgery for two common procedures, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Einstein Healthcare Network has been in the vanguard of hospitals in the region using robotics for bariatric surgery.
In December, Einstein Bariatrics became the first program in the region to use robotic assistance during a gastric bypass procedure. In addition, Ian Soriano, MD, performed robotic assisted sleeve gastrectomies on several patients in November. Einstein is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery.
During these procedures, the surgeon uses a console to manipulate the robotic arms, rather than directly handling the surgical instruments. “I believe the robot improves the visualization with certain portions of the operation, so we can see structures clearer during dissection,” Dr. Soriano also adds. “You get an enhanced view of the operating field, because it’s a three-dimensional image rather than a two-dimensional one, and the robot allows for precision work in smaller spaces with finer control of the instruments.”
A bypass involves dividing the stomach into a small and large pouch, and diverting the food from the small pouch directly to the small intestine. This bypasses the larger part of the stomach and part of the intestines, which limits the amount of food that can be digested and reduces the calories that can be absorbed. In a sleeve gastrectomy, a large portion of the stomach is surgically removed using a stapling device and the remaining stomach is shaped like an arm sleeve.Einstein has performed well over 3,500 successful bariatric surgeries, making it one of the busiest bariatric centers in the region. The surgeries are performed at the Elkins Park campus and at the newly opened Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, in East Norriton, PA.