|Sept. 23, 2013|
|First in the state robotic-assisted weight-loss procedure performed at Sanford Health|
|(Bismarck, N.D.)—Bree Dewing, MD, general and weight-loss surgeon with the west region of Sanford Health, recently performed the first robotic-assisted gastric sleeve surgery in North Dakota using the da Vinci® surgical system.
During gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, the majority of the stomach is removed. The procedure results in a smaller area for food to be stored, which leads to weight loss. This procedure can be performed using open surgery, traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci surgery. With da Vinci, the surgeon can make just a few small incisions, similar to traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large abdominal incision. Benefits of this less-invasive surgery may include fewer complications, a reduced risk of infection and a shorter hospital stay than traditional methods.
Sanford Health in Bismarck has two weight-loss surgeons, Dr. Dewing and Steven Bock, MD, who are experienced in performing gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding procedures. To learn more about weight-loss surgery at Sanford, visit bismarck.sanfordhealth.org/weightlosssurgery.