Laparoscopic vs. Open Surgery

Medical procedures often vary greatly from one facility or doctor to another, and weight loss is no exception. Most procedures can be performed in numerous ways, each with its own pros and cons. Technological advances mean many patients are comparing laparoscopic vs open surgery options.

If you’re unaware of the differences between laparoscopic and open surgery, or if you’ve received conflicting information, Omaha Gastric Bypass is here to help. As one of the leading laparoscopic facilities in the United States, we are able to provide patients with safer surgical options, shorter recovery times, and a decreased risk of complications.

Laparoscopic vs Open Surgery Procedures

Laparoscopic procedures involve making a small incision in the body through which a small tube called a laparoscope is inserted. The entire procedure is then completed within the abdomen through the use of video technology. Due to requiring only small incisions,  a laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric banding is minimally invasive.

Open surgery, on the other hand, requires a large incision of eight to ten inches. The surgery is then performed through this large incision in the abdomen. Open surgery allows a surgeon to vividly examine all elements of a patient’s stomach and digestive tract, leading to a fast and simple procedure.

Pros and Cons

A laparoscopic procedure has many advantages, requiring fewer stitches and a less painful recovery. Patients are often able to return to many aspects of normal life within two weeks, and are much less likely to experience complications, like hernias. In addition, a laparoscopic surgery also protects immune function in a way that  open surgery cannot.

There are also several downside to a laparoscopic procedure when compared to open surgery.  In general, minimally invasive surgery takes much longer, often lasting several hours. The lengthened process can increase risks of blood clots or wound infections, and may be dangerous for patients with apnea or heart disease. Should complications arise, a laparoscopic incision may have to be opened, leading to an open surgery.

Making a Decision

As with all medical procedures, there isn’t always a right option. Omaha Gastric Bypass provides both open surgery and laparoscopic options, giving you the opportunity to make a choice that is right for you. If you would like a traditional experience that has been in practice for many years, an open surgery may be the right choice. On the other hand, if you are interested in more modern surgical procedure that offers an easier recovery, considering laparoscopic techniques might be best.

Understanding laparoscopic vs open surgery isn’t easy. If you’d like to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of weight loss surgical procedures, Omaha Gastric Bypass is here to provide the support you need. Contact us today at 402-572-3663 or 402-758-5544 to see how our expert bariatric team can help!

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