Thanks so much for your last reply to my question about aging WLS patients and surgery's impact on health later on. Not only am I female, but I also take an iron pill daily for anemia. Add to that my right colectomy last year, and I think it would definitely be best if I opted for the gastric sleeve over bypass. The info you provided was valuable and confirmed what I was thinking. So, no question this time (but surely later on), just a hearty thanks!
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 55
You are certainly welcome. I'm glad I mentioned the pre-existing anemia thing. My personal belief is that patients with pre-existing iron-deficiency should not get a gastric bypass. In your case, the sleeve gastrectomy would definitely be the way to go. I wish you the best of luck with your operation. Who is your surgeon, if you don't mind me asking?Dr. Dan
Since answers/questions are not private, I probably should not say. The surgeons here, however, are members of the ASMBS. Are you familiar with robotic assisted bariatric surgery?
Fair enough. I am intimately familiar with the DaVinci robot. It provides a significant improvement in the gastric bypass. I don't yet see any advantage using the robot over standard laparoscopy for the sleeve gastrectomy,. Stapler-intensive operations like the sleeve do not lend themselves to robotic applications, and the robt ends up prolonging the case unnecessarily. It's a different story with the bypass, as the robot makes hand-sewing the bowel connections much easier.Good luck with your upcoming operation!Dr Dan
ASMBS Centers of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon
Good to know. Thanks.
You are welcome