Augustus Lyons, M.D.  Among First to Perform Single-Site Robotic ...

Our Procedures

We are pleased to be able to offer our patients all three of the most common weight loss procedures offered in the United States today. These are the Sleeve Gastrectomy and the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

Unless it is medically necessary to use an open approach, we perform all of these procedures laparoscopically.

Laparoscopic Surgery is minimally invasive  surgery (MIS) that is performed through small incisions on the stomach. Using video equipment the surgeon is able to see inside the abdomen. The abdominal cavity is inflated with gas, usually carbon dioxide, to provide working space. Small grasping instruments and other devices pass through ports placed through the small incisions. The actual procedure performed internally is the same as what is done through an open incision.

The benefits of laparoscopic surgery include: Less post-operative pain, fewer wound complications, less risk of hernia formation, and a quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

We have also started performing procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System.

The da Vinci Surgical System is state-of-the art robotic technology.  The system allows your surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site.  The magnified, three-dimensional view the surgeon experiences enables him to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.

The use of robotics takes minimally invasive techniques into a new era, further minimizing the physical and emotional impact of surgery on patients.  Robotically-assisted MIS represents a third generation of surgery, one which builds upon the advances to open surgery introduced by MIS.  Robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimentional visualization of the operative site.