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“Mercy San Juan Medical Center is pleased to be the first to offer bariatric surgery using the da Vinci system,” said Mercy San Juan Medical Center president Brian Ivie. “We recognize that many of our patients are looking for the least invasive surgical procedure when it comes to bariatric surgery. Now, they can have the experience they are looking for at Mercy San Juan Medical Center.”
The goal of bariatric surgery is to promote healthy weight loss via hormonal and metabolic changes that greatly reduce hunger and promote a feeling of satiety. In these procedures, the stomach is generally made smaller, which also creates some feelings of restriction when a patient eats. Patients who have bariatric surgery typically experience resolution of many serious health problems including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
During gastric sleeve surgery, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, about seventy-five percent of the patient’s stomach is removed. Similar to gastric bypass, the smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach that remains holds smaller amounts of food. The portion of the stomach which produces one of the hunger hormones is removed. Sleeve gastrectomy may be performed using open surgery, traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.
Benjamin Shadle, MD, FACS, is a board certified bariatric surgeon and the first surgeon in Northern California to perform a robotic vertical sleeve gastrectomy.. “Because we have the robotic stapler, we are able to do a ‘totally robotic’ or ‘completely robotic’ sleeve gastrectomy as opposed to what we were doing before,” said Dr Shadle. “Previously, we were doing a lot of the work robotically and then stapling or sewing laparoscopically. Using the robotic stapler technology has allowed us to complete the operation with the robotic platform.”