Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Overview
If you are morbidly obese and want to lose more than 100 pounds, diet and exercise alone may not be enough to get you to a healthy weight. For many people struggling with obesity, laparoscopic bariatric surgery is the solution for getting rid of the extra weight and enjoying a healthier lifestyle. This procedure is also known as the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure and offers fewer risks than traditional abdominal surgery because it requires fewer incisions. Talk to a bariatric surgeon in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for the laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedure.
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Procedure
During the laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedure, tyour surgeon makes approximately four to six small openings in your abdomen in order to pass a light, camera and other specialized surgical instruments directly into the area. Your abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide, and your surgeon uses a series of surgical instruments to either restrict the size of your stomach with a band (gastric banding procedure) or reduce the size of your stomach (gastric bypass). Your surgeon may also decide to perform a sleeve gastrectomy where about two-thirds of your stomach is removed.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
- Significant weight loss within a year after surgery
- A good option for patients 100 pounds over their ideal weight
- Patient can begin losing weight within six months of the procedure
- Fairly accurate and precise procedure
Disadvantages of Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
- May require taking off work for two to four weeks (read more about recovery time)
- Patient must follow special eating guidelines immediately after surgery (see bariatric surgery diet)
- Most patients will need an abdominoplasty to tighten up loose skin and get rid of skin folds after weight loss
See Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Before and After Photos
Take a look at these bariatric surgery before and after photos to see examples of results with laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic vertical banded gastroplasty, laparoscopic gastric banding and laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
Find a Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Specialist in Your Area
Set up a consultation with a laparoscopic bariatric surgery specialist in your area to find out if you're a good candidate for this type of procedure. Your surgeon can discuss the pros and cons of weight loss surgery and recommend a treatment plan that will help you reach your weight-loss goals.