Gastric bypass is currently the gold standard for weight loss surgery. Sentara's specialty weight loss physicians now perform this procedure laparoscopically (minimally invasive), offering many patients long-lasting health benefits and a shorter recovery.
Minimally invasive, or laparoscopic gastric bypass is a simpler approach to gastric bypass surgery. The purpose of this approach is to have the same surgical procedure with as little discomfort to the patient as possible. It also decreases the chances of some complications.
In a laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure, the surgeon makes 5-6 small incisions through which slender surgical instruments are passed. The technique eliminates the need for a large incision and creates less tissue damage.
Laparoscopic surgery allows surgeons to "see" into the abdomen using a thin optical telescope and to project the picture from the video camera to a TV monitor. The surgeon has special training to operate the laparoscopic instruments.
The benefits of laparoscopic gastric bypass come from having five to six small incisions, rather than a larger wound. Patients feel less pain and have less scaring. Patients are able to get up and walk within hours after the surgery. They can often breathe easier and move without discomfort. Bowel activity is usually not affected, as it is with an open incision.
Most patients find they can return to normal activities within a much shorter time. People experience similar weight loss with laparoscopic gastric bypass and fewer overall complications.
Patients who are more than 350 pounds or have had previous abdominal surgery may not be good candidates for laparoscopic bypass. Talk with your physician about your options. Benefits of the laparoscopic gastric bypass include:
Shorter length of stay in the hospital
Less time off work
Less pain post-operatively
Reduced risk of hernias and wound infections
Less scarring Frequently Asked Questions
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