Minimally Invasive Surgery: Weight Loss Procedures
In the past, surgery could only be performed through large, open incisions to provide surgeons with adequate visibility and access. Now, with recent innovations in medical technology, many surgeries can now be performed through incisions only centimeters in length. This minimally invasive surgical approach has many advantages, providing patients with fewer complications, less risk of infection, less pain, and quicker recovery times.
Weight loss procedures are some of the many surgeries that can now be performed on minimally invasive basis. Below are some of the most common laparoscopic weight loss procedures.
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
This procedure can be effective in helping a patient to rapidly lose weight by reducing stomach size and decreasing fat and calorie absorption. To decrease stomach size, staples are placed to create a smaller stomach pouch. Bypassing part of the small intestine inhibits nutrient absorption.
- Adjustable Gastric Banding
The gastric banding procedure involves placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach, which limits the stomach capacity and increases feelings of fullness. This surgery does not involve any surgical alteration of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
Much like the gastric banding procedure, sleeve gastrectomy is performed to restrict the capacity of the stomach. The surgeon creates a sleeve-shaped stomach by stapling and removing a part of the stomach. This procedure can also be revised to gastric bypass for increased weight loss.
Are you struggling to lose weight despite healthy changes in diet and activity level? The Center for Bariatric Surgery at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has been designated by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Our experienced surgeons are dedicated to helping our patients regain control of their weight and take a powerful step in the direction of health. To learn more about our program and find a bariatric surgeon in the West Hills community, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (818) 676-4000.