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Bassett adds robotic-assisted weight-loss surgery to offerings

By Journal Staff (


The Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. (PHOTO CREDIT: BASSETT)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Bassett Healthcare Network has expanded its services to include technologically advanced robotic-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass surgery as a weight-loss surgery option.

Dr. Joon Shim, attending surgeon and program director of the general-surgery residency program, recently performed Bassett’s first surgery of this type.

“Robotic-assisted surgery is a tool that enables surgeons to make even smaller incisions resulting in faster recovery, less post-operative pain, and shorter hospital stays,” Shim said in a news release. “Rural patients deserve the same options available in large urban areas.”

The robotic-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass surgery provides a three-dimensional view of the surgical field with high definition and a magnification 10 times what the human eye can see, Shim said.

“We can innovate in rural hospitals and improve the outcomes of our patients with excellent results,” she added. 

Bassett’s bariatric surgery team received quality recognition for patient safety and better outcomes including the Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Bassett Healthcare Network covers a 5,600-square-mile region in upstate New York with five hospitals, more than two dozen community-based health centers, 21 school-based health centers, and two skilled-nursing facilities.