da Vinci Surgical System

Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a serious medical condition affecting more than a quarter of the U.S. population. It is the second leading cause of premature death in the U.S. This is because obesity is a progressive disease that often contributes to the development of other serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, elevated lipids, sleep apnea, arthritis and even cancer. Your risk for developing these conditions decreases as you lose weight.

Treatment for obesity may focus on related health problems as much as on weight loss. Your physician can advise you on your various treatment options.

FMC’s Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Center is the only weight-loss surgery program in Northern Arizona that uses the advanced technology provided by the da Vinci Surgical Robot. 

Traditional Gastric Bypass or Weight Loss Surgery
One very effective and increasingly common surgical approach to weight loss is Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, or gastric bypass. Gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach using surgical stapling. This step restricts the volume of food that can be consumed at one time. The procedure also bypasses a section of the small intestine, reducing the body‘s ability to absorb calories.

da Vinci® Gastric Bypass: A Less Invasive Procedure
If your physician recommends surgery to control your weight, you may be a candidate for a new, less-invasive surgical procedure called the da Vinci Gastric Bypass. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise operation.

For most patients, the da Vinci Gastric Bypass can offer numerous potential benefits over open-abdominal surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific.

da Vinci General Surgeons at FMC

  • Andrew Aldridge, M.D., general surgeon, graduated from the University of Arizona (UofA) College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Aldridge performed an internship and residency at the UofA and has participated in a multitude of training sessions at other bariatric surgery institutions. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Arizona Medical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Aldridge has performed more than 250 bariatric surgery cases. 
  • Robert Berger, M.D., general surgeon, graduated from the University of Arizona (UofA) College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Berger performed an internship and residency at the UofA, and completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of the American Gastroenterologic Surgeons and the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons. Dr. Berger has performed more than 500 bariatric surgery cases.