Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic procedures have been used in a variety of general surgeries. Many people mistakenly believe that these techniques are still "experimental." In fact, laparoscopy has become the predominant technique in some areas of surgery and has been used for weight loss surgery for years. Both the Gastric Bypass and the Adjustable Gastric Banding procedures are typically done by Laparoscopy at National Bariatric Center™ in Denver, Colorado.
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. This gives them 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. Studies show that patients having had laparoscopic weight loss surgery experience less pain after surgery resulting in easier breathing and lung function and higher overall oxygen levels. Other realized benefits with laparoscopy have been fewer wound complications such as infection or hernia, and patients returning more quickly to pre-surgical levels of activity.
Laparoscopic procedures for weight loss surgery employ the same principles as their "open" counterparts and produce similar excess weight loss. Not all bariatric surgeons are trained in the advanced techniques required to perform this less invasive method. The American Society for Bariatric Surgery recommends that laparoscopic weight loss surgery should only be performed by surgeons who are experienced in both laparoscopic and open bariatric procedures. At National Bariatric Center™, we uphold the highest safety standards to achieve the best Laparoscopic surgery outcomes for our patients. Dr. Frank Chae has years of experience in Laparoscopic weight loss surgery and also trains other surgeons in this field.
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