Advancements in Robot-Assisted Bariatric Surgery

Annual Advancements in Medicine Section

From 3D-printing technology in dentistry, to robotic arm assistance in orthopedic surgeries, to anesthetic advances and beyond, new research in the medical field makes for easier procedures for patients and doctors alike. These Chattanooga-based medical professionals share the latest in revolutionary treatment options.

By Lindsey June


Weight-loss surgery is less invasive and more precise thanks to robot-assisted technology. 


Understanding Obesity

Obesity is a major health problem, affecting roughly 39% of the global population over the age of 18. It’s one of the more preventable conditions, but also one of the most complicated, as a number of socioeconomic factors play into its prevalence. Still, it’s important to stay on top of, since obesity increases your chances of developing other serious health issues, like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It can also affect your psychological health. 

For some, bariatric – or weight-loss – surgery is the right answer. Bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy change your eating habits and can decrease your risk of developing serious related conditions. 

New Solutions

Thanks to advancements in robotics, bariatric surgeries are less invasive and more precise. Robot assistance tools let surgeons perform the surgeries using a computer-guided, 3D visualization. This increased visualization and depth perception give your doctor more control, making the procedure safer and less painful. The robot platform’s “arm” also provides a broader range of motion than typical laparoscopic instruments and can access parts of the body that can be difficult to reach. 

Benefits to Patients

Robot-assisted bariatric surgery is a great option for surgeons and patients alike. The increased precision provided by the robot platform means reduced pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions, and quicker recovery. The procedure also allows for a safer operation so patients are less likely to develop serious complications or infections. 

Because it’s a lifestyle surgery, you’ll need to commit yourself to healthy changes post-op – such as balanced eating and regular exercise – but bariatric surgery is a great option to begin your journey to a healthier life.

Dr. Christopher Sanborn at Erlanger shares expert advice on robot assisted bariatric surgery

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