The da Vinci surgical system is the latest advancement in minimally invasive surgical technology. It’s used in patient treatments and allows for improved recovery time, less risk of complications and can perform procedures much faster than conventional surgery. Dr. Shyam Dahiya is a leading expert in the use of the da Vinci surgical system and robotic surgery. Along with his 30+ years of experience as a weight loss surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Dahiya continues to implement the most advanced surgical practices to offer his patients the highest level of care. It is our goal to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients and utilizing the new da Vinci surgical system, we can do just that.

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The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to overcome the limitations of manual laparoscopy with enhanced capabilities, including High Definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own – the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. Together, the da Vinci System and Single-Site™ instruments allow your doctor to perform gallbladder surgery through a single incision. As a result, you may be able to get back to your life without the recovery or scars that usually follow major surgery.

The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.

The primary potential benefits of Single-Site da Vinci Surgery include:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay
  • High patient satisfaction

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.

diagram demonstrating the evolution of surgery towards less invasive practices

Based on the smaller incisions and quicker surgery times, the level of treatment is improved and there is also less potential for damage to the surrounding tissue and organs in the body. All of this means that the surgery will be more successful and that the patient will have a faster recovery time, less pain and ultimately an improved outcome.

How the da Vinci Surgical System Works

The da Vinci surgical system is a breakthrough in medical surgery technology. Considered as one of the most minimally invasive surgical procedures in our world today, da Vinci surgery is a robot-assisted surgical platform that allows several surgeons to operate at once through only a few small incisions. The advancement of these robots all the surgeons to operate with an greater sense of vision, control, and precision.

This surgical platform can be used under a variety of bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, da Vinci surgery offers great benefits to it’s patients such as low rate of complications and infection, low chance to convert to open surgery, and a minimal hospital stay.

diagram demonstrating the final product of a gastric bypass procedure

Explained in this diagram is the final product of a gastric bypass procedure performed by a Da Vinci surgical platform. The complications of traditional laparoscopic and open surgery are nearly eliminated through the advanced robotic technology of Da Vinci. The human hand can only perform so far to the point that the technology of Da Vinci is further required. In this gastric bypass surgery, a stomach pouch is made in the upper part of the stomach by stapling off the larger, lower section of the stomach. Then, the remaining small intestine that branches out from the bottom of the stomach is detached and reapplied to the new stomach pouch. Therefore, most of the stomach and remaining small intestine is bypassed. Through the use of the Da Vinci surgical platform, this procedure has shown a tremedous success rate.

The state-of-the-art technology that the Da Vinci platform brings has changed experience of surgery for new patients all around the world.

Common Questions About the da Vinci System

Why do surgeons use the da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is more common in hospitals and surgical centers than it ever has been before and the da Vinci surgical system in the newest technology in this field. It is the natural progression of minimally invasive surgery as it can handle all of the complex intricacies of laparoscopic surgery, while providing HD video and 3D imaging for the surgeon to use the instruments thru tiny incisions.

What are some of benefits that the da Vinci Surgical System has compared with traditional methods?

There are a number of benefits that the da Vinci Surgical System has over traditional forms of laparoscopic surgery, but perhaps the most apparent is the improved surgical precision with which the surgeon can operate. With an improved accuracy and less collateral damage done to the body by the incisions, the surgeon gains an increase in range of motion inside the body with which to operate. Also, the improved dexterity of the surgical system means that there is less risk for infection, less blood loss and ultimately a shorter surgery.

The benefits are even more apparent for the individual undergoing the procedure. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, there is less of a hospital stay, less pain in recovery, smaller scars and a improved recovery time to get the patient back to their normal activities faster.

What hospitals are using the da Vinci Surgical System currently?

The da Vinci Surgical System is breakthrough technology and has been accepted for use in a variety of states as well as countries around the glove. Currently, hundreds of surgery centers in the United States are using the new technology, as well as countries such as, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Is da Vinci Surgery covered by insurance?

The da Vinci Surgery falls under the category of robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery for insurance purposes. Any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery typically also covers the use of the da Vinci Surgical System as well. The best way to find out if your insurance covers the da Vinci Surgical System is to contact us directly at 562-602-1012 and speak with a weight loss surgery expert about the matter.

Will the da Vinci Surgical System eventually make the surgeon obsolete?

This is one of the common misconceptions of the da Vinci Surgical System. While the term robotic assisted surgery may give the impression that a robot is actually assisting the surgeon with the procedure, this is simply not the case. The da Vinci System was created to help surgeons advance their techniques of surgery, by performing complex, minimally invasive procedures using the latest technology. The da Vinci Surgical System is simply replicating the surgeon’s own intricate movements inside the body. The da Vinci system is not programmed like a computer and it does not make decisions on it’s own, rather it is an extension of the surgeon himself.

Is the da Vinci Surgical System FDA approved?

Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the da Vinci Surgical System for use in a wide variety of surgical procedures.

For more information about the da Vinci surgical system and if it is right for you, give one of our weight loss surgery experts a call at 562-602-1012 or schedule a consultation.


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