Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
Laparoscopic weight loss surgery is recommended for patients who are extremely obese and susceptible to various health complications. This involves the use of a laparoscope for surgically reducing the size of the patient’s stomach with the aim of lowering his/her appetite. The surgery is performed by masking 2 to 3 tiny incisions on the patient’s abdomen, instead of a large incision, as in the case of a conventional surgery.
What are the different types of laparoscopic weight loss surgery?
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass - It is an irreversible procedure during which doctors seal the upper part of the stomach so as to decrease the patient’s appetite as well as the absorption of food.
- Sleeve gastrectomy - It involves the surgical removal of almost 80 per cent of the patient’s stomach, leaving behind a tube like pouch.
- Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch - It involves the removal of a small portion of the stomach, as well as the intestine and then sealing the remaining parts together.
What are the benefits of laparoscopic bypass surgery?
- Minimal pain
- Less scarring
- Faster healing and recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced need of intensive care
- Early mobilization
- Reduced risks of complications linked with anesthesia
- Decreased need of painkillers
- Minimal blood loss.