Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery with da Vinci Xi® Surgical System

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Surgery can be a scary word. For some, fears linked to surgery prevent them from getting the help they need. So when surgery can be minimally invasive and more precise, patients gain the benefits of the procedure while minimizing pain, risk, hospital stays, and recovery time.

Nearly every traditional surgery has been improved over the years to become more effective and safer for patients. Bariatric surgery has evolved as well, and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for weight loss is now possible with the da Vinci® Xi robotic surgical system.

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What is da Vinci Robotic Surgery?

The most advanced technology allows surgeons to improve their accuracy while gaining additional flexibility to minimize the impact to the body during surgery. For you, as a patient, this means you may be able to experience less pain, have a reduced risk of standard side effects, improved results and have shorter hospital stays.

The da Vinci Xi surgical system is used during robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery is considered a safer alternative to traditional open surgeries, and can be used to perform vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), gastric bypass, bariatric revision surgery, gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, and much more.

What is the da Vinci Xi Surgical System

Inspire Bariatrics relies on the most advanced, reliable, and effective technology. Inspire Bariatrics' Dr. McCalman is a local leader in performing robotic-assisted bariatric surgery with the da Vinci Xi surgical system.

Da Vinci surgical systems have been used by surgeons in the operating room for over 20 years. The da Vinci Xi System is Intuitive’s “most capable system”. The da Vinci Xi is the most advanced robotic system created by Intuitive, and includes additional vision, instrumentation, and features. The System is versatile and flexible, and promotes efficiency and precision.

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How does the da Vinci Surgical System work?

Minimally invasive surgery utilizes advances in technology, including the da Vinci surgical System, and different techniques to allow an operation to occur with minimal impact done to the body when compared to open surgery. With the da Vinci Xi surgical System, Dr. McCalman can get a complete and advanced view of the operation site with 3DHD, and operate with more precision and a wider range of motion.

Benefits of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Xi surgical System include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced scarring
  • Minimal pain and discomfort
  • Quicker recovery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Improved outcomes

What types of surgeries utilize the da Vinci system?

Inspire Bariatrics specializes in using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System for bariatric surgery. The da Vinci System is FDA-approved, and was created to treat conditions that impact organs and soft tissues. The da Vinci System is approved for the following types of surgery:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General thoracic (non-cardiovascular)
  • General laparoscopic
  • Gynecological
  • Urological
  • And more!

Learn more about da Vinci robotic surgery by scheduling your appointment with Dr. McCalman at Inspire Bariatrics.

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How does the da Vinci surgical system work?

    The da Vinci surgical system allows surgeons to make smaller and fewer incisions, and reduce pain and recovery times. For surgery with the da Vinci surgical system, the robot is first positioned by the surgeon in place to perform the procedure. The operating surgeon is positioned at a 3DHD console to perform the surgery with the help of the da Vinci System and a state of the art camera. The operating surgeon uses controls at the console to control the robot and perform the surgery. A second surgeon or assistant will be stationed near the operating table to ensure that the procedure is going as planned and that the surgeon has the needed  instruments.

  • Who is the da Vinci robot manufacturer?

    The da Vinci robot, one of the leading types of robotic surgery tools, is manufactured by Intuitive.

  • What are the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery?

    If asking “What are the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery,” the pros of utilizing the da Vinci System include small incisions, resulting in less time in the hospital and a speedy recovery, 3DHD view to allow surgeons to see clearer and larger images, and increased control and flexibility when compared to surgery without the aid of a robotic system.

    When looking at the cons of the da Vinci system, availability should be considered. Due to the cost of this technology and the time investment required for the surgeon to perfect the system, not every surgeon offers this option.  We are fortunate to have the da Vinci Xi surgical system at all of the facilities that we operate, so our patients are assured they will not miss out on the benefits of robotic surgery if they are a candidate.

  • What are robotic surgery disadvantages?

    Disadvantages of robotic surgery, when compared to standard open surgeries, include a steeper learning curve for surgeons to master using the device. For this reason, it is not offered by all surgeons.

    Potential da Vinci System complications can mirror issues of an open surgical procedure. Complications can include bleeding, infections, injury to organs, breathing issues, stroke, blood clots, or heart attack. Speak to your doctor to learn more about robotic surgery procedures, potential risks, how to minimize risks, and the frequency of these issues.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery with Inspire Bariatrics in McKinney, TX

Put yourself a step closer to your weight loss goals without the same worries and risks that come with a traditional invasive weight loss surgery. Before making a commitment, explore the benefits of minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery with Inspire Bariatrics and Dr. McCalman.

Dr. McCalman is on a mission to be the best bariatric surgeon, providing care that brings long-lasting relief to her patients. According to past patients, Dr. McCalman will bring the following to your care:

  • Excellent follow-up
  • Explains conditions well
  • Practices at leading hospitals
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Inspire Bariatrics is now accepting new patients, and appointments are available in-person and via Telehealth. Inspire Bariatrics is located conveniently in McKinney, Texas, near Allen, Frisco, Plano, Melissa, Anna, Wylie, Sachse, The Colony, Richardson, and Little Elm. We are also a short 30-minute drive from Dallas/Fort Worth.

Learn how Dr. McCalman can help you lose weight and gain health benefits and confidence through minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery. Contact Inspire Bariatrics today!

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