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  • Doctor marks milestone of 1,000 robotic surgeries at Wentworth-Douglass

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    DOVER—When Dr. Dmytro Havaleshko, medical director of the Center for Weight Management and chair of Robotic Surgery, joined Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in 2017, there was no bariatric program. Nearly four years later, Wentworth-Douglass is now home to the most advanced bariatric surgery program on the Seacoast and Dr. Havaleshko has passed a major milestone. 

    “I’m incredibly happy with how we’ve created this program here. It’s pretty cool to have 1,000 successful cases under your belt, it gives you the assurance you probably know what you’re doing,” Dr. Havaleshko said. “Our goal is to continue helping as many people as we possibly can.”

    Dr. Havaleshko reached the milestone in early November, performing a sleeve gastrectomy on a patient who suffers from multiple comorbidities due to their weight. Through the bariatric program at Wentworth-Douglass, patients like that can expect to lose about 80-85 percent of their excess body weight in a year – transforming their lives.

    “It’s not about just the weight and how they look, it’s about all of those comorbid conditions they collect in their lifetime and helping them get on a path to overall health,” Dr. Havaleshko said.

    As Wentworth-Douglass’ bariatric program has grown over the years, it has now become a model for other institutions on a national stage. Dr. Havaleshko credits the Intuitive da Vinci Xi robots for helping the program get to where it is today. He regularly teaches courses on the da Vinci Xi to surgeons across the country. 

    “We are extremely lucky to have a medical director that is so driven to make this the very best program on the Seacoast and beyond. Over the last 3-and-a-half years, our patients have lost over 40,000 pounds,” said Brenda J. Fritz, program administrator of the Center for Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery.

    “This is life-changing. The patients who take this seriously do really well, and we are here to guide them and give them the tools they need. Our robot is not just a tool to begin that journey, it’s the perfect tool,” Dr. Havaleshko said.

    To learn more about Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery, visit https://www.wdhospital.org/wdh/services-and-specialties/weight-management-weight-loss-surgery