Advanced Bariatric Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive style of surgery that allows doctors to perform operations using very small incisions. Laparoscopes, or small cameras, are threaded through the incisions to display video of the tissue beneath on a monitor, allowing the doctor to perform surgery without leaving a large scar.
Compared to traditional open surgeries, laparoscopic surgery results in less trauma to the treatment area. As a result, patients can recover from surgery much faster and with a lower risk of side effects. Dr. Liza Pompa at LIMARP® can perform a number of bariatric procedures as laparoscopic surgeries at her Tijuana, MX, practice to minimize your risks and lay the groundwork for successful treatment and fast recovery.
Laparoscopic Surgery vs. Traditional Surgery
In order for the doctor to see and maneuver freely, traditional surgeries require large incisions. In the case of bariatric surgery, an incision can be anywhere from three to 12 inches long. A laparoscopic bariatric procedure, in contrast, requires several incisions of only a half-inch long.
The laparoscope and surgical instruments are inserted through these incisions. The surgeon uses the surgical tools based on video projected onto the monitor. Because these surgeries are more technically challenging than the traditional technique, they require additional skill and training.
The Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery has become the preferred method of performing many general and bariatric procedures. The smaller incisions result in:
Minimized blood loss during surgery: While some blood loss is unavoidable, smaller incisions can substantially reduce the amount.
Less pain after surgery: The larger an incision is, the more inflammation you can expect and the greater the associated discomfort. Consequently, most patients report much less pain after a laparoscopic procedure than a traditional one.
Shorter hospital stay: Because there is less to repair, your body will recover from surgery much faster. As a result, you typically do not have to stay in the hospital for more than a few days after a laparoscopic procedure.
Smaller and less visible surgical scars: Aesthetically speaking, large scars can be a frustrating trade-off for weight loss. Although scars are an inevitable part of surgery, laparoscopic techniques can minimize them so they do not undermine your results.
Faster return to work and normal activity levels: While a traditional surgery may require several weeks off your feet, a laparoscopic surgery can reduce this downtime significantly.
Reduced risk of infection: The smaller the incisions, the less access bacteria have and the less risk there is of infection after your surgery.
Dr. Pompa has extensive training in advanced laparoscopic techniques so that you can take advantage of a safer, more comfortable treatment.
Do All Patients Qualify for Laparoscopic Surgery?
For the majority of patients, Dr. Pompa can perform bariatric surgery using laparoscopic techniques. However, an open procedure may be a better option for you if you have a history of abdominal surgery that has left dense scar tissue.
In some rare cases, Dr. Pompa may decide to switch to an open procedure during the operation. This conversion may be necessary if bleeding problems or other issues make it difficult to properly view the organs. This is a calculated decision to protect patient safety. As a designated Center of Excellence surgeon, Dr. Pompa has the skills and experience to perform the best type of bariatric procedure based on your medical history and immediate needs.
Laparoscopic Bariatric Procedures
Our team at LIMARP can perform most bariatric procedure laparoscopically, including:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Pompa can determine which procedure is best suited to your weight loss goals and whether it can be performed laparoscopically.
What Happens during a Laparoscopic Bariatric Procedure?
As with any of our bariatric surgeries, our anesthesiologist will first administer anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout your treatment.
Once you are comfortable, your surgeon will:
- Create tiny incisions between ¼ and ½ inch long
- Thread narrow tube-like instruments called cannulas through the incision
- Expand your abdomen using carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to improve visibility
- Insert the laparoscopic tools through the cannulas
- Perform the procedure using a magnified view of the stomach and internal organs
- Close the incisions
- Remove the CO2 gas
With these advanced techniques, Dr. Pompa can perform your entire procedure using only five to six small incisions.
After Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery
Since this technique is less invasive than open surgery, most patients only remain in our clinic for about one to three days after a laparoscopic procedure. You should be able to get out of bed the night of surgery and begin light walking by the following day. Our team will provide pain medication as needed.
We may take an x-ray of your stomach within a few days of your procedure to determine whether you are ready to eat. If no leakage or blockage is seen, you can begin taking liquids and slowly start to increase the volume you consume.
In general, patients experience only mild pain after laparoscopic surgery. As with any surgery, it is important to follow all instructions from our team during the healing process. You should be able to return to most normal activities within a week or two.
The potential for complications after laparoscopic bariatric surgery is very low with a mortality rate of less than two percent. Other possible complications include infection, blood clots, and bowel obstruction. Carefully following all post-operative instructions can help reduce your risk of complications.
It is crucial after any type of bariatric surgery to stick with a diet plan and adhere to all portion restrictions to avoid issues such as nutritional deficiencies and dumping syndrome. At LIMARP, we offer a comprehensive weight loss program that includes nutritional advice and postoperative care to ensure the best possible results.
Are You Ready for Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery?
If you have tried to lose significant weight through dietary changes, but have been unsuccessful, a laparoscopic bariatric surgery might be the right weight loss solution for you. Speak with a member of the LIMARP team today by calling toll-free from the US at (866) 585-3298 or sending us a message online.