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  • 9 June 2023

Australia’s First Bariatric Sleeve Gastrectomy Using Medtronic HUGO RAS Robot

Revolutionary Robotic-Assisted Surgery Promises a New Era in Tackling Global Obesity Epidemic Through Increased Patient Surgery Volume

[Adelaide, Friday 9 June, 2023] — In a groundbreaking medical milestone, Assoc Professor Justin Bessell has become the first person in Australia to successfully perform a bariatric sleeve gastrectomy using the innovative Medtronic HUGO Robotic-Assisted Surgery (RAS) system. This state-of-the-art surgery marks the beginning of a new chapter in combating the global obesity epidemic through technological advancements.

Assoc Professor Bessell, a distinguished surgeon with a track record of excellence in the field of bariatric surgery, undertook this pioneering procedure at Calvary Adelaide Hospital. The procedure involved the removal of a portion of the stomach, which is considered an effective treatment for morbid obesity.

The Medtronic HUGO RAS robot represents the next generation of surgical robotics, featuring unparalleled precision and control. The robot allows for minimally invasive surgery, which can lead to faster patient recovery times, reduced postoperative pain, and lower risks of complications. It has the potential to make complicated operations considerably easier.

“Integrating advanced robotics into bariatric surgery is a monumental step forward. The precision and enhanced capabilities of the HUGO RAS system allow us to provide safer and more efficient surgeries to a larger number of patients,” commented Assoc Professor Bessell.

One of the key impacts of implementing the HUGO RAS system is its potential to significantly increase the volume of patients undergoing bariatric surgery worldwide. By streamlining the surgery process and minimizing recovery times, healthcare facilities can accommodate more patients, subsequently having a profound impact on the global fight against obesity.

With the obesity epidemic reaching critical levels, affecting millions of people worldwide and posing an enormous strain on healthcare systems, the integration of advanced robotics like the HUGO RAS system in surgical practices is seen as a pivotal moment in medical history.

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Contributed by Dr Justin Bessell