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First Robotic Assisted Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed in Region

Dr. Ruary O�۪Connell

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital on the Northshore to perform robotic assisted gastric sleeve surgery. On June 6, 2014, Dr. Ruary O’Connell completed three robotic assisted sleeve gastrectomies. The gastric sleeve procedure is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach.

“This surgery is a huge breakthrough for patients suffering from obesity that have otherwise not been able to achieve their weight loss objectives,” states Dr. O’Connell. “It gives the surgeon unparalleled precision, dexterity and 3-D vision, making it a more precise operation with better outcomes.”

Gastric sleeve surgery is generally performed laparoscopically, but Dr. O'Connell now uses the most advanced technology available to a surgeon by performing the procedures on Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s da Vinci® Si System. This advanced technology, using four robotic arms and a magnified 3D high-definition vision system, provides surgeons with unparalleled precision, control and access to hard-to-reach areas, allowing complex operations to be performed through just a few small incisions. As an alternative to open surgery, the da Vinci® robot provides many benefits for the patient, including less pain, fewer side effects, minimal scarring, a reduced risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay, (usually about 24 hours), and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

Dr. O'Connell has been a pioneer in many of the weight loss procedures currently being offered in the field of weight loss surgery and has performed nearly 5000 surgical cases. Dr. O'Connell has practice locations on both the northshore and southshore. To schedule a consultation with Dr. O'Connell call 504-897-0700.

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