A Washington DC-area bariatric practice offers innovative educational and advanced technological options for gastric bypass patients
The decision to undergo weight-loss surgery is a complex one, involving many personal health and lifestyle considerations that need to be taken into account, as well as a growing array of surgical options to choose from.
To help potential and current patients make these decisions, more and more bariatric specialists around the country are offering free educational programs. These no-cost, no-commitment programs are open to the general public and located in a variety of venues at times are convenient for busy working people. Seminars and exhibits provide valuable information and advice not only for prospective patients but for those who have already undergone surgery and are seeking advice, and support, or information regarding follow-up revisional and plastic surgery procedures.
In the Washington DC area, for instance, a recent Weight Loss Surgery & Healthy Living Expo was hosted by an area practice—the Blue Point Surgical Group—in conjunction with the Sentera Potomac Hospital. The Expo featured sessions on how to eat a healthy diet, advice on vitamin supplements and exercise programs, and information about various options for bariatric and plastic surgery. Participants had the opportunity to talk to doctors and staff and explore informational exhibits on gastric bypass, REALIZE® Band, and LAP-BAND® procedures, as well as some of the latest advances in surgical technology, such as the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System.
The da Vinci Robotic System
The da Vinci system is an exciting new technology that was initially developed by NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. A minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy, the da Vinci robotic technology was approved for medical use in 2000 and is now being used for a wide variety of procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, and general surgery procedures, as well as gastric bypass surgery.
The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System uses three-dimensional video technology, a control station, and wristed controls that are attached to the surgeon’s hands. For physicians, the result is a much clearer view of the internal physical landscape they are negotiating and increased control of their surgical instruments. With extremely fine, controlled hand movements, the surgeon guides the robotic instruments inside the patient’s body with a pinpoint accuracy that can require incisions as tiny as 2 centimeters. The result for patients is minimal impact surgery, with less discomfort, fewer and smaller scars, and faster post-surgical recovery.
The Bluepoint Surgical Group
Identified as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, the Bluepoint Surgical Group offers an excellent example of the full-range bariatric treatment approach that is becoming increasingly popular as practitioners and patients alike realize that weight-loss surgery itself is only one part of a larger health-care continuum.
State-of-the-art technology and facilities and surgeons trained and experienced in the most advanced techniques are important, of course. But for any of these surgical procedures to be successful and enable the obese person to lose weight and maintain that loss, they also need understanding, counseling, and on-going support. Realistic expectations before surgery and informed compliance with the demands of post-surgical life are every bit as important as the surgical procedure itself.