Laparoscopy & Laparoscopic Surgery to Treat Morbid, Malignant Obesity
About laparoscope-assisted keyhole surgical
is Bariatric Surgery | Types
| How Effective
| After Weight Loss Surgery
| Laparoscopic Surgery
| Gastric Banding | Stomach
What is Laparoscopy Surgery?
During traditional "open" bariatric surgeries, the surgeon makes an 8-10 inch incision to open the abdomen. By comparison, the less-invasive laparoscopic method uses 5-6 small incisions (up to 1/2 inch each) through which a small fiber-optic tube (the laparoscope) is inserted, and connected to a video camera.
View of Internal Organs on Video Monitor
The laparascope provides the surgical team with a magnified view of the patient's internal organs on a television screen next to the operating table. [Note: The laparoscope was originally used for operations on the gallbladder 'laparoscopic cholecystectomy' and appendix 'laparoscopic appendectomy' as well as abdominal diagnostic procedures.]
Advantages of Laparoscopy Surgery
Patients operated on by laparascopic techniques typically recover faster and often return to work within 2-3 weeks. Laparoscopic surgery also reduces post-operative pain, as well as risk of large scars and abdominal hernia, and helps safeguards the patient's immune function.
Disadvantage of Laparoscope-Assisted Surgery
The main drawback of laparoscopy-assisted surgery is the extra time it takes. Although not significant to the outcome of the operation, it may increase the risk of developing blood clots or wound infections. Also, it may affect patients with severe apnea or heart disease.
Patient Eligibility for Laparoscopy Surgical Procedures
Not all patients are eligible for laparoscopic-type surgery. If your weight is greater than 350 pounds or if you have undergone abdominal surgery in the past, you are unlikely to be a candidate for laparoscopy. For specific advice about which surgery is best for you, talk to your bariatric surgeon.
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