Laparoscopic surgery allows doctors to operate using very small incisions. Compared to traditional, open surgeries, this minimally invasive technique is less traumatic to the treatment area, which provides a number of advantages to patients. Overall, laparoscopic surgery will provide patients with quicker recovery, less post-operative pain, and fewer side effects. Tijuana Bariatrics is proud that the surgeons working through us use laparoscopic bariatric surgery to local and traveling patients in Tijuana, Mexico. Find out how experienced surgeons Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez can use a laparoscopic approach to help you safely lose weight. Contact Tijuana Bariatrics today to learn more about our low-cost laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopic Surgery Recovery
Laparoscopic surgery recovery spans about one week. During this time, patients are advised to minimize physical strain. Patients will need to adhere to specific medical and nutritional instructions provided by Tijuana Bariatrics associates to prevent complications and achieve the best results. *Note: There is no guarantee of Specific Results. Results can vary for each individual.
Traditional vs. Laparoscopic Surgery
Traditional bariatric surgery typically involves a single incision in the midsection, which allows the surgeon access to the abdominal cavity. This incision can vary from three to six inches, or more in some cases. Alternatively, a laparoscopic procedure requires one to six very small incisions in the abdomen. Several surgical instruments, including a tiny camera called a laparoscope, can be inserted through these incisions. In this way, the surgeon can manipulate the surgical tools while working off of images that are projected onto a video monitor.
Laparoscopic Bariatric Procedures
The surgeons working through Tijuana Bariatrics use the laparoscopic procedure to preform:
- LAP-BAND® – During this procedure, your surgeon will place a band around the top portion of your stomach. By reducing your stomach size, the amount of food you can consume is severely restricted.
- Gastric Sleeve – Like the LAP-BAND® procedure, the purpose of this operation is to decrease the holding capacity of your stomach. Your surgeon can achieve this by removing part of your stomach and forming the remainder into the shape of a tube or sleeve.
- Gastric Sleeve Plication – This procedure is a variation on the gastric sleeve surgery, but instead of removing stomach tissue, an internal fold is sewn within the organ.
- Gastric Bypass – Also known as Roux-en-Y, this bariatric procedure divides your stomach into two pouches. The small upper pouch, where food will pass, is attached directly to a lower portion of your small intestine. This effectively decreases the amount of food your stomach can hold, as well as your caloric absorption.
- Mini Gastric Bypass – This procedure is very similar to a traditional gastric bypass. The main difference is that with the traditional bypass, there are two connections from the upper pouch to the stomach (anastamosis). With a mini bypass, only one anastomosis is needed.
- Duodenal Switch – During this procedure, a large portion of your stomach will be removed. Your small intestine will also be rerouted into two separate pathways with one common channel. In addition to reducing food intake, the surgery can also reduce the absorption of calories.
Our experienced doctors will discuss your unique health condition and physical requirements to help determine which type of weight-loss surgery is best for you.