Sisters Hospital First in Western New York to Perform da Vinci Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery

December 7, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 7, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Obesity affects an estimated 72 million people in the United States or 34 percent of all adults over age 20. The number of overweight and obese Americans has increased almost continuously since 1960.

Dang Tuan Pham, MD, a Catholic Health surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, is the first physician in Western New York to successfully perform a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure using the advanced minimally invasive robotic technology of the da Vinci Surgical System.

“Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most challenging laparoscopic surgical procedures,” says Dr. Pham. “The enhanced precision of the da Vinci® System offers several benefits for patients and enhances patient safety. It reduces the risk of complications, is less painful, and allows the patient to recover sooner than traditional gastric bypass surgery.”

Gastric bypass permanently resizes the stomach and reroutes the digestive tract, which limits food intake and calorie absorption. Long-term data suggests that gastric bypass remains an effective solution for weight loss and management of obesity-related conditions.

“We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new kind of surgery that continues to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in an even better experience for our patients,” said Peter U. Bergmann, Sisters Hospital president & CEO. “Quality patient care is our highest priority. Minimally invasive procedures, like the da Vinci gastric bypass, are instrumental in helping us fulfill our goal of offering patients the latest advancements in medicine.”

The Da Vinci system is a sophisticated robotic surgical tool designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach.  It consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D HD vision system and precise instrumentation.  Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body.

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