Robotic Weight Loss Surgery


Dr. Balder felt that Robotic Weight Loss Surgery Techniques were at a level of improved patient care and sees a vision for future single incision (SILS) Robotic platforms that will far exceed what we currently can offer from a the current SILS platforms for patient care. He was trained in early 2011 and began offering Robotic Weight Loss Surgery techniques for patients. He is listed as a Robotic General and Bariatric Surgeon on the Da Vinci Website.

Dr. Balder offers the following procedures with the Da Vinci Robotic platform of Robotic Assistance:

  • "I LAP" or "I-BAND®"" or Imbricated LAP-BAND®
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Potential advantages of Laparoscopic Robotic Assisted Weight Loss Surgery:
  • Three dimentional visualization of patient internal anatomy allows for more precise suturing and potentially decreased tissue damage during surgery and possibly a decrease in the procedure associated peri-operative complications.
  • Possible less pain than most standard laparoscopic weight loss surgeries.

Disadvantages of Laparoscopic Robotic Assisted Weight Loss Surgery:
  • Operative time of the individual surgical procedures may be longer than that seen in traditional weight loss surgeries.
  • Possibly increased expense of procedures performed with Robotic Assistance.
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