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First da Vinci weight-loss surgery performed in Lexington

Dr. G. Derek Weiss recently performed the first da Vinci Surgical System-assisted gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and greater curvature plication weight-loss procedures in Lexington.

Central Baptist Hospital first to use new system

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2012) – Bariatric surgeon Dr. G. Derek Weiss on April 11 and 12 performed the first da Vinci Surgical System-assisted gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and greater curvature plication weight-loss procedures in Lexington at Central Baptist Hospital.

Performance of the procedures marked the first time the new technology has been used in Lexington to perform some of the most popular types of weight-loss surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand a surgeon’s capabilities and, in many cases, offer better surgical outcomes than minimally invasive surgery.

The system gives surgeons greater precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity and enhanced access to patient anatomy. Through small incisions, the surgeon is able to introduce miniaturized instruments and a high-definition 3-D camera to view the surgical site. The surgeon’s hand movements are translated by robotic and computer technologies into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.

Weiss, who serves as medical director of bariatric surgery at Central Baptist Hospital, said the robotic surgery is a state-of-the-art advancement in medical technology and hopes it will continue to push the limits of weight-loss surgery.

Central Baptist has been a pioneer site for several minimally invasive weight-loss surgeries in recent years. In January 2011, Weiss and bariatric surgeon Dr. John S. Oldham Jr. performed the first laparoscopic greater curvature plication procedure in the state. In May 2008, the surgeons made local medical history by performing the first sleeve gastrectomy procedure in Lexington, according to a press release from the hospital.