Advances in Weight Loss Surgery: The Fully Robotic Gastric Bypass

Advances in Weight Loss Surgery: The Fully Robotic Gastric Bypass

South Miami Hospital’s Weight-loss Surgery Program will take center stage Thursday, May 20, at 4 p.m., when viewers of a live webcast will watch as bariatric surgeon Anthony Gonzalez, M.D., performs a full robotic gastric bypass surgery with the da Vinci robot

The webcast, broadcast live, will be moderated by bariatric surgeon Jorge Rabaza, M.D.  Viewers also can choose to watch the procedure in Spanish.

Gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes the digestive system.  It’s the most common weight-loss surgery procedure, because it limits the amount of food a person can eat and the amount of nutrients absorbed by the body.  

“The da Vinci robot’s magnified view provides a clear picture of the anatomy surrounding the stomach and makes the surgery more precise,” said Dr. Gonzalez.

With the da Vinci, only five small incisions are made in the patient’s abdomen.  Surgeons sit away from the operating table at a console, where they control with their hands and feet the robotic arms inserted into the patient through the incisions.  One of the arms operates a laparoscopic camera that helps the surgeon see a three-dimensional view inside the patient.  The other arms function as the surgeon’s own hands and wrists to remove tissue.

“The robot is a tool we use to help us perform surgery,” said Dr. Rabaza.  “Many people think that the robot is performing the surgery on its own, which is simply not the case.”

Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Rabaza will perform this procedure as part of Baptist Health South Florida’s effort to broadcast various surgeries and procedures on the web.  

South Miami Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital of Miami, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead and Mariners Hospitals, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.



Anthony Gonzalez

Anthony Gonzalez, MD

Medical Director, South Miami Hospital Weight-loss Surgery Program

Jorge Rabaza, M.D.

Jorge Rabaza, M.D.

General Surgeon