Laparoscopic bariatric surgery has been the industry standard for several years. Laparoscopic surgery allows doctors to make very small incisions, usually less than an inch long, instead of one or two large incisions. Special plastic tubes and tools are then inserted and used to complete the surgery.
The laparoscope is the unique tool that makes laparoscopic surgery possible. A laparoscope is a miniature, lighted camera attached to the end of a fiber optic cable. The camera sends a signal to a monitor near the operating table. When the camera is in use, it displays an image of your internal organs on the monitor. This allows your doctor to view the inside of your body without making a large incision.
The actual internal procedure is performed very similarly to a traditional surgery, just with tools specifically designed for use with a laparoscope. These tools are simply longer than normal and designed to fit through small incisions.
The main difference between laparoscopic and traditional bariatric surgery being, the laparoscope camera and monitor allow bariatric surgeons to operate with greater detail and precision. Surgeons are in turn able to operate with greater accuracy, fewer errors, and increased efficiency.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery
Compared to just about any form of traditional surgery, laparoscopic bariatric surgery is highly non-invasive. Due to this, laparoscopic surgery offers a wide range of benefits over more traditional surgical options, including:
- Smaller and less visible scarring
- Minimal internal scarring
- Reduced pain from surgery
- Shorter recovery times
- Minimal time in a hospital
- Less need for painkillers and fewer restrictions during the recovery process
- Faster return to both strenuous activities and work
- Less exposure of organs to external contaminants resulting in lower likelihood of infection
- Less bleeding, both internally and externally