da Vinci Robotic Surgery
da Vinci® Surgical System

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To register for a free education seminar, please call 443-777-7900.

The Bariatric Surgery Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is designed to provide comprehensive medical care, guidance, and support for individuals who are in need of a more permanent, long-term weight loss solution.  We are recognized as one of the most advanced hospitals in the Region when it comes to the use of technology in our operating rooms. 

To meet the needs of as many patients as possible in the region, our bariatric surgeons are trained in the latest technologies. The majority of weight loss surgeries use a robotic technique, which is considered minimally invasive. With robotic surgery, there is less scarring, less blood loss, shorter recovery times, and even more benefits for the patient.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is used for laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. During a robotic procedure, the surgeon inserts tiny robotic instruments and a camera into small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon then controls the surgery from a nearby console.

Robotic surgery takes the concept and benefits of minimally invasive surgical approaches to the next level. The technology allows your bariatric surgeon to see more, move better and target the area of your body that needs attention, with nearly perfect precision. MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s investment in robotic surgical tools positions us “ahead of the curve” when it comes to the integration of technology in our day-to-day work. Our surgeons are some of the most skilled in the region and offer second-to-none clinical capabilities. 

Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery robotically may tell you the recovery process is simplified, and much easier than what they expected. 

Patient Perspective: Diabetes-Free After Robotic Surgery

Ellen Wells Patient Bariatric Surgery Robotic
Ellen Wells explored robotic bariatric surgery to lose weight and put an end to her diabetes.

A New Outlook on Life Following Bariatric Surgery

When Ellen Wells decided to explore bariatric surgery to lose weight, her primary goal wasn’t to look good or fit into a smaller pair of jeans. Rather, she wanted to put an end to her diabetes, which had been controlling her life since her diagnosis more than 20 years earlier.

“I was taking six shots of insulin every day,” says Ellen. “I weighed 245 pounds and could hardly stand or walk, so I had to stop working. And my family and social life was hampered because I didn’t feel good about myself. Being that heavy literally disabled my body, mind, and spirit.”

At the recommendation of her primary care physician, Ellen registered for a free bariatric education seminar at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. It was here that she first met Christopher You, MD.  He spoke at length about the various surgical options available, including gastric bypass surgery, which has proven to be effective in helping to improve diabetes. She also learned that Dr. You performs all of his surgeries using robotic technology.

Today, a little over two years since Ellen had gastric bypass surgery, every single aspect of her life is different and better. She’s lost nearly 100 pounds. She’s running, bicycling, and taking part in fun activities with her daughter. And she no longer travels with a bag of insulin shots in tow. Her diabetes is gone!

Ironically, the place where Ellen spends a good portion of her time these days is in the kitchen. With a life-long passion and talent for baking, inherited from her mother, she is building a new career as a pastry chef. She completed her associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts at Stratford University, and now, she has the physical energy and endurance it takes to do the work she loves.

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