Course Description

This clinically focused robotic surgery course is aimed at bariatric surgeons with a basic knowledge of robotic assisted surgery and wish to apply a robotic approach to their current bariatric surgical practice. This unique course is a team-oriented program designed for both the surgeon and the first assist. The program will cover technical training on the da Vinci Si and Xi platforms and will include; case observations, video analysis, workflows, simulation, dry laboratories, cadaveric laboratories, and team training.

Course Objectives

  1. (First Assistant) Identify the specific robotic platform components, settings, and features required to safely utilize and operate the robotic surgical platform.
  2. (First Assistant) Demonstrate the proper robotic platform pre-operative setup, troubleshooting measures, and emergency procedures required to safely operate the robotic surgical platform.
  3. (First Assistant) Demonstrate competency in the basic skills required for the surgical 1st assistant to include; camera navigation, instrument insertion, item transfers & hand-off’s, cutting, retraction, suctioning, energy application, stapling, and hemoclip application.
  4. Recognize and articulate the roles and responsibilities of each robotic surgical team member and competently demonstrate the proper setup of the robotic surgical platform.
  5. Explain the procedural approaches and technical aspects of robotic bariatric surgery.
  6. Discuss indications, patient preparation, port placement, robotic docking and instrumentation utilized in robotic bariatric surgery.
  7. Demonstrate the proper robotic surgical techniques to perform the creation of a gastric pouch for gastric bypass, creation of sleeve gastrectomy, and creation of a jejuno-jenjunostomy.
  8. Identify and troubleshoot the most common technical problems encountered during a robotic procedure.

Registration Prices

  • Surgeon: $3,500
  • PA's & RN's: $1,000
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Course Director

Medical Director

Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Institute

Florida Hospital Celebration

Orlando, Fl

Michele Young, PA-C

Florida Hospital Celebration

Orlando, FL

Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR

Director of Education & Training

Florida Hospital Nicholson Center

Babs Morrissiey, BS

Education Operations Manager

Florida Hospital Nicholson Center

Danielle Julian, MS

Research Scientist

Florida Hospital Nicholson Center


* Course content subject to change.

Day 1: Mon, Feb 04, 2019

  • DAY 1: 1st Assistants/PA's Only
  • 7:00-8:00 Basic Si Platform Overview
  • 8:00-9:00 Camera/Patient Cart Draping/4rd Arm
  • 9:00-10:00 Cannula’s/Patient Cart/Instruments
  • 10:00-11:00 Emergency Procedures
  • 11:00-12:00 Troubleshooting Overview
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:00 Basic Xi Platform Overview
  • 14:00-15:00 Camera/Patient Cart Draping/4th Arm/ERBE
  • 15:00-16:00 Cannula’s/Patient Cart/Instruments
  • 16:00-17:00 Emergency Procedures
  • 17:00-18:00 Troubleshooting Overview
  • 18:00 Adjourn

Day 2: Tue, Feb 05, 2019

  • Day 2: Surgeons & First Assistants
  • 7:30-13:00 Case Observations: Surgeons and First Assistants in Different Observations
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Simulation and Dry Laboratory
  • 16:00 Adjorn

Day 3: Wed, Feb 06, 2019

  • Day 3: Surgeons and First Assistants
  • 8:00-12:00 Skills Lab
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-17:00 Surgeon/Assistant Combined Team Laboratory
  • 17:00 Adjourn


Bohemian Hotel Celebration

Directions & Parking

Florida Hospital Nicholson Center

404 Celebration Place Celebration, Florida 34747

Two parking lots are available on either side of the facility.