Bariatric Surgery

The field of bariatric surgery benefited greatly from the introduction of minimally invasive techniques. Robotic-assisted surgery represents a small but growing subset of minimally invasive surgical applications that enables surgeons to perform bariatric procedures with minimal alteration of their current laparoscopic or open technique. A survey of surgeons in 2003 showed that only 11 surgeons in the United States were currently using a robotic surgical system for bariatric surgery [4]. The reason for this is the small number of bariatric cases performed laparoscopically (10%) in the United States and the limited number of institutions

Table 9.1 Robotic-assisted procedures performed at the University of Illinois


Number of cases


Virtual Gastric Banding

Virtual Gastric Banding

Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis Audio Programm that teaches your mind to use only the right amount of food to keep you slim. The Virtual Gastric Band is applied using mind management techniques, giving you the experience of undergoing surgery to install a virtual gastric band or virtual lap-band, creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach which limits how much food can be eaten. Once installed, the Virtual Gastric Band creates the sensation of having a smaller stomach that is easily filled and satisfied with smaller amounts of food.

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