Advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery specialists at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, have performed a Complete Robotic Bariatric Surgery, said to be first such procedure in the Telugu States, on a 40-year-old patient from Somalia.

According to a press release issued here on Sunday, Dr Siva Charan Reddy, senior consultant, surgical gastroenterologist along with Dr Mallikarjun, senior consultant, surgical gastroenterologist and Dr Jagan Mohan Reddy, consultant, surgical gastroenterologist, performed the procedure using the state-of-the-art da Vinci xi Robotic System.

The Somalian patient Hibibo Abdulle Mohamed, weighing 180 kgs came to the hospital with complaints of breathlessness, joint pains, uncontrolled diabetes, gall bladder stones and an ventral hernia. A robotic procedure was advised after evaluating the patient, considering the multiple health complications and abnormal overweight.

Dr Siva Charan Reddy described it as the first ever bariatric surgery performed using the latest Da Vinci robot and the advanced robotic stapling technology, in this part of the country.

The patient was on artificial support for breathing, when she was wheeled into the hospital and could barely move on her own without support, but now she is able to breathe normally and is walking and moving around with very little help.

The procedure took three hours and involved removing two thirds of the stomach, removal of gall bladder and repair of hernia, all in one sitting. The patient was discharged on the second day and two weeks since the procedure, she has fully recovered, the press release added.

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