WK Metabolic Surgery Center and Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Procedures Offered

Bariatric Surgery: Here’s Your High-Tech Advantage

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you owe it to yourself to consider the advantage of using a facility offering robotic-assisted bariatric surgery with the da Vinci SI Surgical System. The bariatric surgery program at Willis Knighton is currently offering robotic assisted bariatric surgery for the sleeve gastrectomy procedure and the gastric bypass procedure.

Benefits of robotic assisted bariatric surgery include:

  • Reduced Pain. Patients with robotic-assisted surgery report much less pain than those with
    traditional methods.
  • Faster Recovery. Patients have a shorter hospital stay are generally back to work in a much shorter time. 
  • Reduced Risks. Patients experience less risk of infection and hernia. 
  • Better Access. Surgeons have better access to hard-to-reach areas in the abdomen and are able to offer more precise incisions and sutures.

Not every person is a candidate for robotic-assisted bariatric surgery, but those who are can enjoy the many benefits of this technology. To learn more, contact Willis-Knighton Health+Match to find a surgeon who offers robotic bariatric surgery using the da Vinci SI Surgical System.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve GastrectomyThe sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery performed on the stomach (it restricts the amount of food intake) and does not involve any surgery on intestine (which would affect the amount of food and nutrient absorption). Sleeve gastrectomy has also been called partial gastrectomy and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. It basically consists of making a stomach that looks like a pouch into a long tube; therefore the name "sleeve." The sleeve gastrectomy (SG) removes two-thirds of the stomach, which provides for quicker satiety (sense of fullness) and decreased appetite. The smaller stomach pouch restricts food intake by allowing only a small amount of food to be eaten at one time. After the separation into a smaller tube, the remainder of the stomach is removed. The valve at the outlet of the stomach remains, permitting the normal process of the stomach emptying to continue which allows for the feeling of fullness.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass The Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is a procedure that restricts of the amount of food intake and decreases the absorption of food and nutrients to promote weight loss. Roux-en-Y is often referred to as gastric bypass and is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery.

The procedure involves creating a small pouch in the stomach similar to the adjustable gastric band to restrict food intake. Food absorption is reduced by re-directing the food past the stomach, duodenum and upper part of the intestine. Food will move directly from the small pouch directly into the small intestine.

When considering gastric bypass surgery, it is important to keep in mind that lifelong vitamin and protein supplementation will be necessary.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Lap Band

Laparoscopic Adjustable Lap BandThe LAP-BAND® System is an adjustable silicone ring with an inflatable inner surface that is inserted surgically, usually laparoscopically, and placed—like a belt—around the upper part of the stomach. During surgery, it is connected to an access port below the skin by thin tubing. Later, the port allows the surgeon to adjust the inner surface of the LAP-BAND® System by adding or removing saline to inflate or deflate it.

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System surgery is typically performed laparoscopically. First, the surgeon makes small incisions on the abdomen to insert long, thin surgical instruments. Then the laparoscope is placed through the incision near the belly button. A laparoscope is a tool with a light and a tiny camera that sends a picture to a nearby monitor. While all surgery is serious, laparoscopy can be performed more quickly, and is less invasive and less traumatic than conventional surgery. It also has fewer risks and generally a faster recovery time than open procedures.

The LAP-BAND® System creates a new, small upper stomach pouch and leaves the larger part of the stomach below. This new upper pouch can only hold a small amount of food, so you will feel full sooner. The LAP-BAND® System also controls the outlet between the two parts of the stomach and regulates the flow of the food from the upper to the lower part. The size of the outlet will help control your appetite so you are not hungry between meals. Reduction in food intake will result in weight loss.