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Robotically Assisted Colo-resection And Gastric Bypass Surgeries Are Becoming Popular

operations, the robot has an advantage, 'Dr. Livingston said. 'It's a combination of access, depth perception and magnification that provides the advantage in some cases.'

The DaVinci camera offers high-definition imaging so surgeons can see depth measurements not possible with the conventional laparoscopic cameras. And maneuvering the joystick controls on the robot is often easier than the more complex manipulations required by laparoscopic instruments.

Dr. Homero Rivas, assistant professor of GI/endocrine surgery, performed the two new procedures through the Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, which has premiered many of the area's firsts in laparoscopic procedures and research.

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