Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons’s experienced surgeons, Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray, can perform bariatric surgeries using robot-assisted technology at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

Unlike the traditional bariatric surgery, the da Vinci Robotic surgical system only uses small incisions. It’s less invasive than the traditional one, reducing your chances of possible complications.

How is it performed?
The da Vinci Robotic System uses a robot that serves as a surgical assistant tool. It helps the surgeon perform the procedure using computer-guided magnified 3-D visualization.

The surgeon maneuvers the four-armed robot through the small incisions in the body. The robot then translates these movements in real-time, in ultra-precise movements inside the body.

Who are the candidates for robotic bariatric surgery?
Patients who are severely obese, that is, one with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 40 may qualify for robotic bariatric surgery.

You may also qualify for robotic bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of over 35 and at the same time, suffer from obesity-related conditions such as hypertension, sleep apnea, and diabetes.

What are the benefits of robotic weight loss surgery?
Using the da Vinci Robotic System provides the surgeons with a better view of the stomach and the surrounding organs. This allows them to operate with more control and precision.

On top of that, the robot-aided surgery can provide the patient with the following benefits:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Reduced pain and scarring
  • Less trauma to the body
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Lower chance of gastrointestinal leaks
  • Lower risk for the need for follow-up surgery

If you’re interested in minimally-invasive weight loss surgery that may include robotically-assisted procedures, check our Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons’ free info series at It’s the very first step in helping you achieve better health. You may register for it here. Questions? Call our office at (865) 984-3413.

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. Foothills is affiliated with the Fort Sanders Regional Center for Bariatric Surgery, a member of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.