Minimally Invasive Surgery
Undertaking surgery for any reason can be overwhelming, whether to address disease or facilitate weight loss. While modern surgical procedures are more advanced than ever, there are always risks to weigh and pros and cons to consider. At Beltline Bariatric and Surgical Group, we understand this, and work hard to provide the best in opportunities and experiences to our patients. Whenever appropriate, we utilize laparoscopic surgery procedures to help patients see the best possible results.
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What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery, a form of minimally-invasive surgery, utilizes a laparoscope, or small camera, to see inside the body in order to guide the course of a procedure. Generally performed in the abdomen or pelvis, laparoscopic surgery does not require one large incision as is used in an open surgery; instead, surgeons make several small cuts and use small tools to complete necessary adjustments.
The use of small incisions to guide the surgical process creates many advantages for patients, including:
- Reduced risk of complications like blood loss or hernia; as laparoscopic surgical procedures utilize cameras for improved visuals, doctors are able to be more precise
- Reduced healing time; smaller incisions heal faster, allowing patients to return to normal life within days rather than weeks
- Improved outcomes due to more sophisticated medical processes
- Reduced necessity for follow-up surgery
- Less pain after surgery, leading to less post-operative pain medication
- Diminished risk of infection
In some cases, a laparoscopic procedure may turn into an open procedure if the conditions are not ideal for a minimally-invasive surgery or if there are unforeseen complications during the process. However, this is not common.
Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery is among the most common uses of laparoscopic surgery, making it much easier for surgeons to help patients see lasting weight loss. Weight loss surgery performed laparoscopically is more precise and easier on patients, particularly for those with a high BMI who face a greater risk in undergoing surgery of any kind.
With minimally-invasive surgery, recovery is faster and simpler, making it easier for patients to transition into a normal diet and exercise routine. While there will still be a healing process for the stomach, depending on the procedure chosen, the skin and muscle of the abdomen will not require weeks to heal.
Further, rapid healing means that patients can return to work or school on an accelerated timetable, making it possible to fit a surgical procedure into a busy schedule. Many patients are concerned with taking time off of work or family life, making the reduction in pain medication and faster healing time frames in minimally-invasive gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy procedures a better option.
Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery at Beltline Bariatric
At Beltline Bariatric, we want to do what is best for our patients, and that often means using laparoscopic procedures whenever possible. We favor a customized approach, working directly with patients to determine both the right procedure as well as how to perform that procedure.
We are pleased to offer minimally-invasive options that include:
If you are considering weight loss surgery, laparoscopic surgery at Beltline Bariatric and Surgical Group may be the right fit for you. Contact us today at (470) 419-4380 to learn more.