Robotic Bariatric Surgery located in Rancho Mirage, CA


About Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is an effective weight loss solution for those who can’t shed excess weight through exercise or diet. At the office of Bobby S. Bhasker-Rao MD, Inc., minimally invasive, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedures are available for adults at risk for obesity-related health complications. Expert bariatric surgeon Dr. Bobby uses advanced robotic technology to complete surgery with less risk for infection and pain. Postsurgical resources are available to support your recovery and ensure you achieve your weight loss goals. Call the Rancho Mirage, California, office today to schedule a sleeve gastrectomy appointment.

Gastrectomy Q&A

What is a gastrectomy?

A gastrectomy, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss surgery to reduce the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can eat. During this laparoscopic procedure, a bariatric surgeon also forms the remaining part of your stomach into a banana-shaped tube.

At the office of Bobby S. Bhasker-Rao MD, Inc., sleeve gastrectomy procedures are available for adults. As a highly skilled bariatric expert, Dr. Bobby performs the surgery using advanced robotic techniques that require only small incisions.

In addition to support during your postsurgical recovery, Dr. Bobby also provides nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to help you maintain your weight loss results long-term.

When should I consider a sleeve gastrectomy?

You may be a candidate for a sleeve gastrectomy if you have a body mass index of 35 or greater or are 75 pounds or more overweight.

Dr. Bobby might also recommend a sleeve gastrectomy if your weight increases your risk for obesity-related diseases like:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Certain cancers

Candidates for sleeve gastrectomy and other bariatric surgeries must first try to lose weight through diet modifications and exercise. They must also be healthy enough to tolerate surgery and willing to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent additional weight gain.

What happens during a sleeve gastrectomy?

During your sleeve gastrectomy at the office of Bobby S. Bhasker-Rao MD, Inc., you receive general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain-free.

Dr. Bobby uses the daVinci® robotic system to perform surgery and controls four robotic arms that hold specialized instruments. He makes small incisions in your abdomen to access your stomach.

The robotic arms allow Dr. Bobby to make precise movements to remove a portion of your stomach and create a new sleeve with the remaining part. As a result of the surgery, your body’s metabolic and hormonal processes also change to support rapid and consistent weight loss.

Following a minimally invasive sleeve gastrectomy, you can expect to need some downtime for your incisions to heal. Dr. Bobby also provides information about the diet plan you need to follow. You also need to take vitamins and other dietary supplements for the rest of your life.

Call the office of Bobby S. Bhasker-Rao, MD, Inc. today to find out if you’re a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy.