Traditional vs. Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery: Which Is Better?
By Fernando Garcia on January 22, 2016
The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center offers patients safe, state-of-the-art bariatric surgery for rapid and effective weight loss. This commitment to advanced surgical care has attracted many patients to the practice from across the border.
Laparoscopic surgery techniques are a primary reason why patients place their trust in us. Let's compare laparoscopic surgery to traditional open surgery and see why the former is a great option for bariatric procedures.
How a Traditional Bariatric Surgery Was Performed
In the past, bariatric surgery used to be done by performing a traditional open surgery. This means that a large incision was made along the abdominal area, allowing surgeons to make the necessary adjustments to the stomach and digestive tract as needed.
Thankfully the need for open surgery is generally a thing of the past. Many bariatric procedures can be pulled off laparoscopically, which has a number of significant advantages over open surgery.
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery refers to procedures that are performed using a laparoscope, which is a small fiber optic camera that gives surgeons a look into the body. Rather than using a large incision for surgery, laparoscopic procedures typically involve a few small incisions that are usually no bigger than 2 cm. By carefully placing incisions in certain areas of the abdominal area and using the laparoscope and small tools through these incisions, laparoscopic procedures can be carried out and avoid major incisions in the process.
Laparoscopic Surgery Means Less Blood Loss During the Procedure
Blood loss during open surgery can be considerable. While medical science and technology can address these issued with blood loss, laparoscopic actually limits the amount of blood that's lost during a surgical procedure. This is because organs do not have to exposed as in open surgery, and the small incisions made do not result in as much bleeding.
Small Incisions Means Less Post-Surgical Scarring
In addition to limiting the amount of blood loss during surgery, laparoscopic surgery also reduces the amount of scarring. In open surgery, the scar around the abdominal area can be quite large and unsightly. With laparoscopic procedures, the tiny incision sites are typically difficult to notice. Since the surgical scars fade with time, the scarring experienced during bariatric procedures is very minor.
Recovery from Laparoscopic Surgery Is Quicker and Safer
On the whole, laparoscopic surgery is far less invasive and safer than open surgery. This translates into a much easier and faster healing process for patients. During recovery, patients will still note side effects from undergoing bariatric surgery, but the side effects will typically be less pronounced and will not last as long thanks to laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopic Surgery Is a Better Option for Bariatrics
As you can see from the various benefits we've listed, laparoscopic surgery means better overall results when it comes to bariatric surgery. We always work to ensure the least invasive procedure possible, and take extra steps to ensure patient safety and improved patient wellness as part of the treatment process.
We'll be more than happy to discuss all of your weight loss surgery options in greater detail during a consultation at the practice.
Schedule a Consultation at Tijuana Bariatric Center
For more information about bariatric surgery and how it can help you achieve a trimmer and slimmer frame, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center looks forward to your visit.