Today on CBS, “The Doctors” aired a special episode where a woman whose weight has fluctuated her whole life finally breaks down and seeks help from the best in the business for gastric and bariatric surgery, the Khalili Center of Beverly Hills, California.
Robotic Gastric Bypass
Angela says she’s struggled with her weight for most of her life and after reaching more than 300 pounds, she vowed to lose the weight before her children got old enough “to notice that their mom was bigger than everybody else.” But, when she still struggled to drop the pounds and began having health issues because of her weight, she made the life-changing decision to have gastric bypass surgery.
“I can’t wait for the surgery. I can’t wait for the restart button, and I can’t wait to have an active role in my family,” Angela says.
A surgeon at the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care, Dr. Gregg Kai Nishi has been integrally involved in developing the Center with his colleagues, Dr. Theodore M. Khalili and Dr. Eraj Basseri, whom he worked with at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Nishi is an expert on innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques and has spoken extensively on the subject, having appeared in a variety of news media, including Good Morning America and the Los Angeles Times. He has trained a number of other bariatric surgeons who have gone on to head up bariatric programs all over the country in their own right. Dr. Nishi is also a local celebrity appearing in Los Angeles schools under-served in the community and educating kids on how to prevent diabetes and obesity by eating right and exercising.
Formerly the Assistant Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery, Dr. Nishi was also an attending surgeon in Trauma Services and Surgical Intensive Care at Cedars-Sinai. He is one of the principal investigators of the FDA trials on a new procedure called TOGA (incision-less weight loss surgery), and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the U.S. who have performed this procedure.
In the operating room, her surgeon Dr. Kai Nishi had a little extra help — from a robot.
Peeling a grape
Go into the operating room with Dr. Kai Nishi to see how detailed the robotic arm can be manipulated to do the most minute surgical techniques: