NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Dr. Arnold Salzberg of Riverside Weight Loss Specialists recently added to the options for safe, effective bariatric surgery by performing the first da Vinci robotic bariatric procedure on the Peninsula. By using the innovative da Vinci robotic surgical system, Dr. Salzberg performed a successful sleeve gastrectomy in December. 

The da Vinci system is relatively new to the world of bariatric surgery, but not to Dr. Salzberg. "As a research fellow at Stanford University, I worked on the first iteration of the system," says Dr. Salzberg. He helped create some of the system's sensors and engineering. In addition to his involvement at Stanford, Dr. Salzberg also used the da Vinci system throughout his fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco.

The da Vinci robot includes instrumentation worn on the surgeon's wrist that provides greater range of motion than the human wrist and magnified 3D vision tools, allowing for greater control and enhanced vision. Benefits of using da Vinci robotic technology are extensive. "For surgeons, there is a much higher degree of precision," Dr. Salzberg explains. "This technology allows for greater vision and dexterity while performing surgeries. And similar to laparoscopic surgery, the da Vinci system requires just a few small keyhole incisions as opposed to a large abdominal incision." 

As a result of this technology, patients can experience a decreased risk of gastrointestinal complications and infections, and a reduced stay in the hospital. Dr. Salzberg adds, "With smaller incisions, patients also experience less pain and post-operative discomfort."

Over 1.5 million surgeries worldwide have been performed using the da Vinci system, and Dr. Salzberg plans to add to that number. "Anyone who is a candidate for bariatric surgery can benefit from the robotic surgery." Dr. Salzberg performs bariatric surgeries at the new Pavilion at Riverside Regional Medical Center, a 250,000 square foot addition completed last year that provides the utmost comfort and quality for patients.

Dr. Salzberg is the Medical Director of surgical weight loss at Riverside Weight Loss Specialists, located at 850 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 1300, in Hampton. In addition to the latest in surgical weight loss, the center also offers supervised medical weight loss for adults and children. For more information, call (757) 637-7637. 

Published: March 17, 2014