Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery

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Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery


Laparoscopic obesity surgery now represents one of the modern methods of performing bariatric surgery and the outlook is fairly encouraging. Most areas of surgical interventions in modern day medicine are quietly moving in the direction of laparoscopic approaches for reasons I will explain later.

What you are going to read on this page is a general overview of the laparoscopic approach to obesity surgery. Specific information relating to each surgical procedure is provided on the relevant page which you can select on the navigation menu on the right hand side of this website.

 How is laparoscopic obesity surgery performed?

The traditional way of performing surgery is to open up the surgical site with a wide incision or cut to allow for easy access to the area about to be operated upon. The width of the incision in traditional surgical approach could be as wide as 12 or even 16 inches wide depending on the type of surgery.

Now where laparoscopic surgical approach is different is that, instead of a wide incision like the one described above, the bariatric surgeon would make a small incision around the navel or belly button. This small incision is usually about 1 inch wide.

A laparoscope is then introduced into the belly after filling up the tummy with a body-friendly gas. The idea behind putting gas inside the tummy is to stretch the tummy to make room for the laparoscopic surgeon to move belly tissues around safely and methodically.

Connected to the top of the operating laparoscope is a camera that gives a very clear view of the tummy organs and the images are displayed on a video monitor.

More long assisting long instruments are introduced inside the tummy to help manipulate tissues and assist with the operation. To be able to do this, about 2 or 3 more small incisions are made on the upper part of the belly.

Whatever the doctor does next in the context of the operation, depends on what type of procedure he has in mind and had previously discussed with you.

Upon completion, the gas is expelled from the tummy and the instruments removed as well. The small incisions are stitched up.

 How long does laparoscopic obesity surgery last?

It is difficult to forecast the length of any particular surgical procedure. How long the surgery will last depends on a lot of variables like difficulty of the procedure, the type of planned bariatric surgery, anaesthetic issues, the skill of the surgeon etc.

 What are the advantages or benefits of laparoscopic obesity surgery?

The main advantages or benefits of laparoscopic obesity surgery are:

 What are the risks or complications of laparoscopic obesity surgery?


Who is not a good candidate for laparoscopic obesity surgery?

You are not very suitable person for this type of surgery if:

Here are some laparoscopic obesity surgical procedures to consider:

      Gastric banding surgery

      Roux en y gastric bypass surgery

      Vertical banded gastroplasty

      Stomach stapling

      Gastric sleeve

      Stomach bypass

      Adjustable gastric banding (lap band)

      Fobi pouch

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