The advent of laparoscopic surgery was unique in that it allowed a surgeon to make multiple smaller incisions than the historically large ones that were required for certain types of surgical procedures. The advantage for patients was less downtime and smaller incisions which were easier to take care of and were less noticeable. The SPIDER® Surgical System works by providing surgeons with multiple instrument channels through one small incision. Small, flexible instruments are inserted in the right and left channels, and they provide the surgeon with dexterity in performing multiple tasks throughout the surgery. SPIDER is unique in how it opens up within the abdomen to give the surgeon working room to perform the surgery.

“The biggest problem we had with single incision surgery before the advent of the SPIDER Surgical System, was that the space was very limited, that is, you had to have the instruments going into a small surgical site at three or four different directions in order to more effectively triangulate the area to be operated,” explains Dr. Shyam Dahiya, a bariatric surgeon in Los Angeles, California and the nation’s leading expert in the use of the SPIDER Surgical System. “The SPIDER Surgical System takes the three or four instruments and condenses them down into a single rod that enters the surgical site through a small, usually hidden incision in the belly button. Once the System is inside the patient, the ‘branches’ of the instrument are deployed and the procedure is performed. It allows us the best depth-perception possible when performing these various procedures.”

Dr. Dahiya is amongst the three most experienced surgeons in the United Stated with the SPIDER Surgical System, and his patients are exceptionally pleased with the results. Fabiola Guzman (27) had a friend who underwent a bariatric procedure using the traditional form of laparoscopic surgery. “She was really jealous that I had to have only one incision near my belly button that’s not even noticeable. In addition, the recovery time I went through was far less than my friend went through. I was up and walking around within an hour.”

This new treatment for patients is called the STARR Treatment which stands for Surgical Tiny Access and Rapid Recovery. This move to fewer incisions will grow according to Dr. Dahiya. “I definitely see the role of the SPIDER Surgical System expanding over the next decade” he explains.

Dr. Dahiya says in addition to the exceptional patient outcomes, the SPIDER Surgical System is reliable, consistent and reproducible.

Shyam L. Dahiya brings more than 25 years of experience in general and bariatric surgery. As a general and laparoscopic surgeon, Dahiya has performed numerous innovative bariatric surgeries including the Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Dahiya received his medical training at Medical College Rohtak in India and then completed his surgical residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, a Wayne State University School of Medicine affiliated program. He continued his medical training as a surgical oncologist fellow at Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research in Houston, Texas. In addition, he received instruction and advance post-graduate training in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Dahiya has served as a medical instructor in the surgical residency program at Sinai Hospital of Detroit.


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