Robotic Index Bariatric Surgery

  • Donald E. Yarbrough
  • Erika La Vella


Since its emergence into surgical practice two decades ago, robotic surgery has advanced the field of minimally invasive surgery in several surgical disciplines including bariatrics. The advantages of robotic surgery include the ability to operate comfortably on large patients, wristed instruments that re-create an intuitive operating experience, surgeon control of multiple instruments, and improved optics. The clinical outcomes of robotic index bariatric operations are comparable to laparoscopy. The learning curve of robotics appears to be another advantage, compared to laparoscopy, on account of the same benefits as outlined above and integrated simulation console. Cost is an important consideration before starting a robotics program and is complicated by both direct and indirect factors. As more competitors arrive on the market, costs will likely reduce. Robotic surgery is evolving with improving technology that has forever changed the landscape of contemporary surgery.


Robotic surgery Robotics Robotic-assisted gastric bypass Obesity surgery Bariatric surgery Surgical outcomes Learning curve Surgical ergonomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine Pacific NW, Samaritan Weight Management InstituteGood Samaritan Regional Medical CenterCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Samaritan Weight Management InstituteWestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine Pacific NW, Samaritan Health ServicesCorvallisUSA

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