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Robotic-Assisted Weight Loss Surgery

The da Vinci Surgical System at Overlake

The da Vinci Surgical System at Overlake
is now used for minimally invasive
weight loss surgery.

Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery

In our free, weekly seminars, surgeons walk through the steps of Overlake’s acclaimed weight loss surgery process and answer questions. For more information, call 425-688-5259 or visit Weight Loss Surgery Program at Overlake.

In addition, free weight loss surgery webinars are offered each month, allowing you to learn more about weight loss surgery from the comfort of your home or office. For more information, visit Weight Loss Surgery Webinar.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 34 percent of American adults are battling obesity. Obesity is the second-leading cause of death after smoking, mostly because it increases the chances of developing other potentially fatal health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

For those who qualify, weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) is a successful treatment for severe obesity. The surgeons with Overlake’s comprehensive weight loss surgery program perform the three most common types of surgeries: gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. All three procedures are performed laparoscopically, a minimally invasive surgery technique in which the surgeon makes small “keyhole” incisions.

The da Vinci Advantage

Overlake’s bariatric surgeons have been at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery techniques for years. Now they’re taking their surgical skills one step further, with use of the da Vinci Surgical System. With the da Vinci, our surgeons sit at a computer-controlled, video-equipped console and carefully direct the system’s four robotic arms and a high-definition camera that’s placed inside the patient’s body.

“We’re performing the same procedures we perform laparoscopically,” explains Troy Houseworth, MD, an Overlake surgeon with the Institute for Laparoscopic Surgery in Bellevue. “But with the da Vinci, we have a detailed 3-D visualization of the tissue, which helps make the operation more precise.”

The da Vinci’s robotic arms give the surgeons far greater flexibility with their surgical tools. “Because you have such an increased range of motion, it allows you to perform complex movements, dissections and suturing in very small spaces,” explains Dr. Houseworth.

For patients, the potential benefits of da Vinci surgery include smaller incisions, less blood loss, less pain at the incision site and a faster recovery time.

Is Surgery Right for You?

“Morbid obesity puts men at even greater risk for cardiovascular complications than women because of where they store fat,” explains Dr. Houseworth. “We need to increase men’s awareness of the negative effects of obesity because they are less likely to seek treatment for it.” According to Dr. Houseworth, 80 percent of weight loss surgery patients are women.

Weight loss surgery is designed for individuals with 100 pounds or more of excess weight and a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or those who have a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health problems. For more information, please visit Weight Loss Surgery Program at Overlake.

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