Space-Age Gastric Bypass Video

This medical video looks at the new way for gastric Bypass surgery. Instead of a doctor they use a robot.
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Jennifer Mathews: More and more Americans are fighting the battle of the bulge. James Hampton has almost won his war. He has lost more than a 125 pounds. James Hampton: 350 pound kids? Jennifer Mathews: He used to weigh 460 pounds but gastric bypass surgery gave him his life back. James Hampton: Everyday, like before the surgery, painful, miserable, depressed. Jennifer Mathews: James' surgery was a success but it was different than most procedures. His surgeon was a robot. Researchers at the Stanford university are among the first in the country to perform a laparoscopic robotic gastric bypass. A surgeon sits at a special station and controls every move the robot makes. Myriam Curet: The robot actually does the surgery itself. So we use the robot to pick up the intestine and run the intestine and when we use the robot to suture the intestine. Jennifer Mathews: Dr. Myriam Curet says the robot uses more precise instruments and allows surgeons to see the organs in 3D. It also reduces operating time. Myriam Curet: But the technology is great. An opportunity to do something that is great for the patient in a way that makes it safer, easier and more precise. Jennifer Mathews: Now James is off the 14 medications he used to take, that is a lot healthier. James Hampton: I realize I can cross my legs. Jennifer Mathews: And that was just a beginning. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.

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