Weight Loss Surgery: The Laparoscopic Option
Because it is minimally invasive, less painful, and causes less scarring than most surgeries, laparoscopic surgery has become the most widely practiced surgical procedure for lap banding, RNY, and sleeve gastrectomies.
Laparoscopic surgery gets its name from the laparoscope, an advanced, fiber optic camera that assists surgeons’ visibility during surgeries.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery during which several small incisions approximately one half inch in length are made in the abdomen. Utilizing the laparoscope, surgeons can perform laparoscopic surgery without making large incisions and opening the entire abdomen. This results in significantly less tissue scarring and shorter recovery time.
Plastic tubes known as ‘ports’ are placed into separate incisions and the instruments required for the particular laparoscopic surgery are inserted into these ports.
Once the laparoscopic surgery is complete, the incisions are stitched and, after a short stay in the hospital, patients can return to a normal lifestyle in a relatively brief period.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Surgery:
- less pain
- faster recovery times
- briefer hospital stays
- less scarring, both internally and externally
Clients who undergo laparoscopic bariatric surgery are routinely up and walking just hours after surgery and are amazed at just how minimally invasive the surgery process is.
If you would like to learn more about the details of laparoscopic weight loss procedures, please contact one of our experienced care coordinators today!