Since the debut of weight loss surgery in the 1950s and 1960s, technology has evolved significantly. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass was the original weight loss procedure,but today’s patients have options like gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomies. Often times, weight loss surgery can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure.
Minimally invasive procedures are now among the most popular choices for weight loss surgery, offering an easier recovery with reduced risks. For patients considering a bariatric procedure, Omaha Gastric Bypass offers numerous minimally invasive options.
What Are Minimally Invasive Procedures?
A minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to traditional open surgery. Instead of making a large incision in the body, surgeons make one or more small incisions ranging from several millimeters to several centimeters. Through these incisions, surgical tools are inserted with a camera lens, providing a close up visual for the surgical team. The camera images and tools will guide the surgeon as he completes the surgery. When the surgery is finished , the tools are withdrawn and the incisions are stitched.
Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Procedures
Due to the advancement of minimally invasive technology, many weight loss surgeries can be performed using these techniques. Most bariatric procedures are done with the assistance of a laparoscope, a thin, lighted tube that can be used to visually examine the inside of the abdomen. The surgeon inserts a laparoscope through strategically placed incisions along with an adjustable band, or tools needed to reconnect the digestive tract, or remove a portion of the stomach. After surgery is complete, the surgeon will remove the laparoscope and stitch or staple the holes in the skin.
Advantages and Disadvantages
As a minimally invasive procedure, laparoscopic bariatric surgery has many advantages. In general, recovery is much faster due to the limited incision, and patients will experience less pain. Hospital stays are often shorter, and patients will be able to return to school or work in a week or two. Minimally invasive surgeries also lower risk for complications.
There are also a few minor disadvantages related to laparoscopic surgery. For example, the process often takes much longer, which can require more time spent under anesthesia. This can be especially problematic for patients with heart disease or sleep apnea. In addition, any complications can require an open surgery, negating the use of laparoscopic techniques.
When considering weight loss surgery, it is best to fully understand your options. As an industry leader in laparoscopic options, Omaha Gastric Bypass makes minimally invasive procedures available to all patients. If you would like to know more about your surgical choices or require more information on what a minimally invasive procedure entails, we are happy to help. Call 402-572-3663 or 402-758-5544 today or complete our online contact form to explore what our team has to offer!