BARIATRIC SURGERY OPTIONS
Minimally invasive surgery, often labeled laparoscopic surgery, is performed through modestly sized surgical incisions. The small incisions often require less stitches and thus, a decline in a patient’s bodily stress. With a lessened opportunity for pain management, blood loss, and scarring, a patient can stand to benefit from and experience a shorter hospital stay after their weight loss surgery.
Currently, there are two basic approaches to weight loss surgery: restrictive operations and operations that combine restriction and malabsorption. Restrictive procedures (such as an adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy) simply limit the amount of food that a person can eat at one time. Combination procedures (such as gastric bypass) help give patients the feeling of satisfaction from only a small amount of food and lessen the amount of calories that are absorbed from the food eaten.