A WORD ABOUT LAPAROSCOPIC OR MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
Many bariatric surgeons perform laparoscopic bariatric surgeries and are increasingly offering patients this less-invasive surgical option.
When a laparoscopic operation is performed, a small video camera is inserted into the abdomen. The surgeon views the procedure on a separate video monitor. Most laparoscopic surgeons believe this offers increased visualization and access to key anatomical structures.
The camera and surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions made in the abdominal wall. This approach is considered less-invasive because it replaces the need for one long incision to open the abdomen. Studies show that patients having had laparoscopic bariatric surgery experience less pain after surgery, resulting in easier breathing and lung function and higher overall oxygen levels. Other realized benefits with laparoscopy have been fewer wound complications such as infection or hernia, and patients returning more quickly to pre-surgical levels of activity.
Laparoscopic procedures for bariatric surgery employ the same principles as their “open” counterparts and produce similar excess weight loss. Not all patients are candidates for the approach.