The methods performed in Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program is advanced laparoscopic surgical treatments. With laparoscopy, you will get less pain, short hospital stays and faster recovery times.
Laparoscopic methods are done via various small incisions (one-half to 1 inch). A camera, or laparoscope, is put via one of these tiny incisions along with the devices are placed through the other incisions.
Note: Laparoscopy should not be confused with endoscopy, which is for simple and some experimental surgery made through the mouth without any incisions. Gastric bypass as well as sleeve gastrectomy – nor any scientifically proven successful weight loss procedure – is done endoscopically in the USA.
Laparoscopy has totally changed weight loss surgery. The weight loss accomplished is just like older open surgery. However, because smaller incisions are less painful, you can breathe more completely postoperatively and get out of bed the night of your surgery. This can lead to fewer problems with postoperative pneumonia, and also lower odds of blood clots in your legs postoperatively. Previously walking and less pain also helps allow your hospitalization to be only 2 days for gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
Lastly, when you get home, you will be able to perform more activities, and your recovery to normal activities is quicker. Some postoperative problems which are common to open bariatric surgery – hernias as well as wound infections, for example – have also been minimized with laparoscopy.
While the incisions are small, this is still biggest surgical treatment inside. Rarely, the laparoscopic surgery needs to be changed to an open surgery, which means an incision will be made to safely do the surgery. This happens in less than 1 in 300 cases. Even though this is a rare occurrence, if your surgeon chooses this is required, it is in your best safety interest. If the laparoscopic surgery is changed to an open approach, it will extend your hospital stay.