Obesity is a strong contributor in many underlying health conditions. Treatment for obesity may focus on related health problems as much as on weight loss. Your physician can advise you on your various options for weight loss, which may include diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, as well as medication.
An increasingly common approach to weight loss is surgery (bariatric surgery). Most bariatric (or weight loss) surgery focuses on either reducing the size of the stomach or reducing calorie absorption. Both approaches share the same goal: To reduce the body's ability to absorb and store calories in the form of excess fat.
If your doctor recommends surgery to control your weight, you may be a candidate
for robotic assisted da Vinci Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, potentially one of the most effective, least
invasive options for weight loss surgery. da Vinci Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
allows surgeons to provide the gold standard treatment, using only a few small
The benefits of robotic assisted surgery may include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- A faster return to normal daily activities
In addition, da Vinci Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy offers the potential for better outcomes than open or laparoscopic approaches. This is because da Vinci provides surgeons with superior visualization, dexterity, control and ergonomics required for this technically demanding operation. da Vinci also allows surgeons to operate on higher-BMI patients.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While da Vinci Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Additional treatment options for obesity may be available and most appropriate for your particular medical condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
For a free a physician referral please call the El Camino Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Program at 650-988-8415.