Largo, FL – Minimally invasive surgery is often the preferred method of treatment when available. Largo Medical Center is proud to announce it is offering surgical weight loss alternatives by giving patients an advanced, minimally invasive opportunity to get back to a healthier, happier lifestyle with the use of the well-known da Vinci Si® Surgical Robot. Instead of larger abdominal incisions used in open surgery, the robotic approach allows surgeons to make fewer, smaller incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy.
Pinellas County’s first minimally invasive robotic bariatric or weight loss surgical sleeve procedure was Tuesday, November 19, 2013. A sleeve is when the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size. There is no rerouting of the intestines as with the gastric bypass procedure.