Bariatric Surgery Market: Latest Technological Innovations

The prevalence of obesity and severe obesity is on a rapid rise, prompting an increasing number of individuals to seek bariatric surgery to mitigate the severe health risks associated with excess weight. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 8 people were obese in 2022. Whereas as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity prevalence in the United States in 2017 was 41.9%. Bariatric surgery, also referred to as weight loss surgery, offers a crucial medical intervention for those grappling with obesity. According to Inkwood Research, the global bariatric surgery market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.65% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

Positioned as a viable recourse for individuals who have struggled fruitlessly with traditional weight loss methods, bariatric surgery holds promise for transformative outcomes. With time, the emergence of laparoscopy and robotics in bariatric surgery has markedly reduced complications and shortened hospital stays.

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Technological Innovations in Global Bariatric Surgery Market

  • Optimized Access: Ethicon’s ECHELON 3000 Stapler

On 6th June 2022, Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson MedTech, introduced the ECHELON 3000 Stapler to the U.S. market. This digitally enhanced device offers surgeons a convenient, one-handed powered articulation feature, specifically tailored to meet the unique requirements of their patients. With a 39% larger jaw aperture and a 27% extended articulation span, the ECHELON 3000 provides surgeons with enhanced access and control during transections, even in confined spaces and on challenging tissue. These advancements, coupled with real-time haptic and audible feedback software, empower surgeons to make critical adjustments seamlessly during procedures.

Building upon the success of the ECHELON™+ Stapler with GST Reloads, the ECHELON 3000 continues to elevate staple line security and minimize leakage pathways at the staple line, surpassing the capabilities of the Medtronic Signia™ Stapling System. While applicable across various surgical procedures, the ECHELON 3000 is particularly designed for thoracic, colorectal, and bariatric/gastric laparoscopic procedures, where enhanced device access and control are paramount.

For example, in sleeve gastrectomy procedures, the ECHELON 3000 facilitates easy control over the shape of the gastric sleeve throughout the entire operation, accredited to its one-handed powered articulation feature and the flexibility to set the jaws at any point within the articulation span.

Says Joe Northup, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon at BMI Surgery, Past-Chair, ASMBS Access to Care Committee and ASMBS Executive Council, “Greater jaw aperture, powered articulation and articulation within a shortened distance are all incredibly valuable assets that make an already beneficial stapler, even better.” (Source)

  • Surgery Robot + Magnetic Technology – Cleveland Clinic’s Recipe for a Successful Bariatric Surgery

The Cleveland Clinic achieved a milestone as the first medical center in the United States to perform a minimally invasive gastric sleeve procedure using a recently FDA-approved surgical robot equipped with magnetic technology. Spearheaded by Matthew Kroh, M.D., who holds positions as the section head of surgical endoscopy and vice chair of innovation and technology at Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute, the operation took place successfully in September. The patient is currently progressing well post-procedure.

The incorporation of magnetic technology into the surgical robot represents a significant advancement in minimally invasive surgery, offering benefits for both patients and surgeons. Dr. Kroh emphasized that this configuration allows the surgeon to manipulate the robotic arm carrying the camera for internal visualization during surgery. This eliminates the need for the traditional setup where the surgical camera is affixed to a slender rod, requiring coordination with an assistant for adjustments.

In August 2023, the magnetic-assisted robotic surgery platform obtained FDA approval for abdominal procedures, including gallbladder removal and bariatric surgery.

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Bariatric Surgery Market Strategies: What does the Future hold for Robotic Surgeries?

Robotic surgery stands at the forefront of medical innovation, offering unparalleled technical advantages such as enhanced visualization and specialized instrumentation. While its potential benefits are clear, the adoption of robotic techniques in bariatric procedures entails careful consideration of associated trade-offs, including prolonged operative times and increased costs.

In the context of bariatric surgery, comparative studies shed light on the nuanced landscape of robotic interventions. These studies reveal both promising outcomes, such as improved precision and visualization, as well as potential challenges, including longer hospital stays and procedure-specific complications.

While the current research on robotic bariatric surgery is somewhat limited, available evidence suggests that these advanced techniques are generally safe and represent a viable treatment option. However, further research is needed to better understand the optimal conditions for their use and to refine their efficacy and safety profiles.

As technology advances and research progresses, the role of robotic surgery in bariatric procedures will continue to evolve, shaping the future of obesity treatment and the global bariatric surgery market.

By Akhil Nair

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    Technological advancements are revolutionizing the field of bariatric surgery, offering innovative solutions to improve patient outcomes and surgical precision. Robotic-assisted surgery systems are gaining prominence, enabling surgeons to perform complex procedures with enhanced dexterity and accuracy.

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