Robotic Surgery Specialist

Michael Sutker, MD

Bariatric, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Dallas, TX & McKinney, TX

Robotic surgery enables surgical candidates to benefit from the highest levels of accuracy and precision. At the offices in Dallas and McKinney, Texas, Michael Sutker, MD, uses the da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery system, which enables him to operate with enhanced vision and control. To take advantage of the benefits of minimally invasive robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, call the office of Michael Sutker, MD, PA, nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Robotic Surgery Q&A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is one of the most advanced techniques available to assist surgeons in performing minimally invasive operations.

Although calling them robots might suggest they can act alone, the machines used in robotic surgery can't do anything without instruction. In fact, a robot is a tool that Dr. Sutker uses to enable him to perform surgery with optimal precision.

Dr. Sutker uses the da Vinci robotic-assisted system, which translates the way he moves his hands into delicate, super precise movements. The system uses tiny, wristed instruments that are able to rotate and bend a lot farther than human wrists.

How does robotic surgery work?

The da Vinci robot uses technology known as human-to-machine synchronization, or "following." This means that the robotics are an extension of Dr. Sutker's body, creating a harmonious and natural connection between his and the robot's surgical instruments.

Dr. Sutker directs the robot from his surgeon console, viewing your abdomen using magnified, three-dimensional high definition (3D-HD) images. He's performed more than 1,200 procedures using the da Vinci robotic-assisted system and is also medical director of the robotic surgery program at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

What procedures can robotic surgery perform?

Dr. Sutker uses the da Vinci robotic-assisted system to perform several types of general and bariatric surgeries, including:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy (weight loss surgery)
  • Colectomy (removal of a portion or entire colon)
  • Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
  • Inguinal and ventral hernia repair

If your condition requires surgery and you're a suitable candidate, Dr. Sutker explains how he would use robotic surgery to optimize your treatment outcomes.

What happens when I have robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery uses laparoscopic techniques. First, Dr. Sutker inflates your abdomen using carbon dioxide gas so he has room to work. He then inserts a tiny camera on a flexible tube and uses thin, long-handled instruments to access your abdomen.

This laparoscopic approach means Dr. Sutker only needs to make small incisions to complete the procedure. Benefits of this approach include:

  • Shorter recovery
  • Less pain
  • Better cosmetic results
  • Speedier return to normal life

Using robotic surgery enhances Dr. Sutker's skills, ensuring a more precise, efficient, and effective procedure.

To find out more about robotic surgery and the da Vinci system, call the Michael Sutker, MD, PA, office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

This form of laparoscopic surgery allows some attractive features for the surgeon and the patient. One significant advantage of robotic surgery is the magnified, three-dimensional high definition (3D-HD) view of the abdomen. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by your surgeon. The da Vinci System translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements by using tiny, wristed instruments that can bend and rotate far greater than the human wrists. Da Vinci robotic technology uses a human to machine synchronization – called “following” – a sense of the robotics being an extension of the surgeon’s body creating a seamless, steady and natural connection between your surgeon and the surgical instruments. In summary, da Vinci robotic technology enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.

Dr. Sutker has performed over 1200 procedures using the Da Vinci robot. Due to his expertise, he serves as the medical director of the robotic surgery program at Medical City Dallas Hospital.



DaVinci robotic technology enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.


Robotic Surgery Is a Type of Laparoscopic Surgery

Robotic surgery is a type of laparoscopic surgery. Carbon dioxide gas is utilized to “inflate” the abdomen so that there is room to work. Your surgeon inserts a tiny camera and thin, long-handled instruments to reach inside your abdomen. This technique allows the use of small incisions to accomplish the procedure and allows for shorter recovery, less pain, better cosmetic results and a quicker return to life. Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in millions of surgical procedures to date.

Inguinal hernia, ventral hernia, sleeve gastrectomy (weight loss surgery), colectomy (removal of a portion or entire colon), and cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) are all types of surgery that can utilize robotic technology.

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