Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique used in a wide variety of general surgeries, including bariatric surgery. Dr. Salzberg and Dr. Jain-Spangler offer their patients this less invasive surgical option.
When a laparoscopic operation is performed, a small video camera is inserted into the abdomen. The surgeon views the procedure on a separate video monitor. Most laparoscopic surgeons believe this offers better visualization and access to key anatomical structures.
The camera and surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions made in the abdominal wall. This approach is considered less invasive because it replaces the need for one long incision to open the abdomen. Benefits, as compared with open surgery, may include a marked decrease in surgery-related discomfort, reduced time in the hospital and hospital costs, and an earlier return to a full, productive lifestyle.
Laparoscopic procedures for bariatric surgery use the same principles as open surgery and produce similar excess weight loss results; however, not all patients are candidates for this approach.