Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
As technology improves, advanced laparoscopic techniques are now available for a wide range of surgical procedures, including most weight loss surgeries. Laparoscopy allows your doctor to achieve more accurate and effective results through minimally invasive techniques, offering many advantages to patients.
Traditional weight loss surgeries are often performed through large incisions in the abdomen that result in visible scarring, heavy bleeding and long recovery times. While patients are usually able to achieve the results they desired through this method, they do so by undergoing a major surgical procedure. Laparoscopic weight loss surgery allows patients to enjoy these same results without the accompanying side effects.
Laparoscopic surgery uses a long, thin tube with a camera at the end to help your doctor clearly visualize the targeted area during surgery. The camera and surgical instruments are inserted into the body through several tiny incisions that are carefully placed to minimize scarring and allow for easy concealment. These small incisions also decrease the amount of bleeding during surgery and reduce the risk of infection or other complications.
Laparoscopic techniques can be used for nearly any type of weight loss surgery, including gastric bypass, duodenal switch, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding. The amount, size and location of the incisions vary depending on each procedure, but are overall less invasive than traditional open surgeries. Laparoscopic weight loss surgery only requires a short hospital stay before patients are able to return home and slowly resume their regular activities.
While laparoscopic surgery can offer many advantages to patients, these procedures are not for everybody. It is important to weigh the benefits and risks of laparoscopic surgery with your doctor before deciding upon which weight loss surgery is right for you.