Traditional Gastric Sleeve vs. Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve
By Fernando Garcia on January 19, 2016
Patients know that Dr. Fernando Garcia is a leading weight loss specialist and bariatric surgeon. He offers safe, state-of-the-art bariatric surgery in Tijuana, helping patients lose weight and improve their overall wellness in the process.
We've talked a lot on this blog about the effectiveness of gastric sleeve surgery. Right now, we want to go over the basics of laparoscopic surgical techniques and why we believe in them.
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is a type of surgical weight loss procedure that involves the reduction of the size of the stomach. By altering the stomach size, patients will experience reduced hunger and will also become fuller sooner during a meal. Whereas gastric banding surgery uses a silicone ring to reduce stomach size, the gastric sleeve procedure involves actual removal of part of the stomach for a permanent stomach size reduction.
In the past, gastric sleeve was performed as an open surgery, which put many patients at risk for complications and serious side effects. Now, our team offers laparoscopic surgery to perform various weight loss procedures.
Laparoscopic Surgery: An Alternative to Traditional Open Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery refers to the use of a laparoscope to perform various kinds of surgeries. A laparoscope is a small fiber optic camera that allows surgeons to see organs as they are being operated on. Rather than using a large incision as in open surgery, laparoscopic surgery involves the use of small incisions (generally no larger than 1.5 cm each) that are strategically placed along the abdominal area. Using the laparoscope and small surgical instruments, the entire surgery can be accomplished through these small incisions alone.
The Advantages of Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve
There are a number of important advantages to laparoscopic surgery that make it superior to open surgery. They are as follows:
Less Blood Loss During Surgery – Since the surgery is performed with small incisions and no large incision, there is far less blood loss for patients.
Reduced Risk of Infection – Open surgery increases infection risk since it exposes the internal organs. This is not an issue with laparoscopic surgery, and infection risk is quite low.
Less Pain for Patients During Recovery – Since laparoscopic surgery is far less invasive than open surgery and involves small incisions rather than a large one, patients typically experience a faster recovery with less post-surgical pain.
Post-Surgical Scarring Is Less Noticeable – Most importantly, laparoscopic surgery results in less noticeable post-surgical scarring. Open surgeries usually involve a very large scar, whereas very small scars will be left behind by laparoscopic surgery.
The Results of Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve
As you can see above, there are many great benefits to undergoing laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery rather than a traditional open surgery. In addition to added safety, the results of laparoscopic gastric sleeve are quite good, with patients experiencing rapid and safe weight loss through this sort of procedure.
During the consultation process, we can go over gastric sleeve in more detail as well as other bariatric procedures that we perform using laparoscopy.
Contact Dr. Fernando Garcia
For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you achieve a healthy weight, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and his team will help you lose weight rapidly and safely using state-of-the-art surgical techniques.