Bariatric Surgery Procedures: Gastric Bypass Surgery, Lap Band Surgery, Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Our surgeons are experienced in a range of bariatric surgery procedures including gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery and gastric sleeve surgery, allowing us to choose the right approach for you. Many of these procedures can be done either as an open surgery or laparoscopically (minimally invasive). Most surgeons will perform bariatric surgery using the laparoscopic method whenever possible; however, this is a decision that you and your doctor must make together.
Open Bariatric Surgery
With an open procedure, your surgeon will create a long incision, or cut, opening up the abdomen. Because of the incision, your stay in the hospital will be several days longer than with minimally invasive surgery. The recovery time is also longer, with most patients needing several weeks to heal before returning to work and regular physical activities. With a longer incision, there is also a larger scar and more of a chance for complications such as infections and hernias. In some cases, however, the open method is necessary due to some patient-specific risks.
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
With laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon will create several small incisions instead. On average, four to six ports are created for small surgical devices to be inserted, including a small video camera. With smaller incisions, many patients are able to recover from the surgery in a much shorter time than open procedures. In fact, some return to work in little more than a week, and many are able to quickly return to physical activity. Patients generally have very small scars. There is also a lower chance of wound complications such as infection and hernia.
Bariatric Surgery Treatments We Provide
Both bariatric surgery approaches have similar success rates in reducing excess weight and improving or resolving co-morbidities. Not all patients are candidates for the laparoscopic approach, however. The American Society for Bariatric Surgery recommends that laparoscopic bariatric surgery be performed only by surgeons who are experienced in both laparoscopic and open bariatric procedures, such as the surgeons at the Rochester General Bariatric Center.
Learn more about the following bariatric (weight loss) procedures, including the health advantages, risks and disadvantages of each, offered at the Rochester General Bariatric Center:
Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric (weight loss) surgery has many benefits that can lead to a healthier, higher quality of life. Combined with effective treatment and a commitment to long-term lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can offer a better chance for a longer life. A clinical study shows that gastric bypass surgery improves a patient’s life expectancy by 89 percent, and a review of more than 22,000 bariatric surgery patients showed improvement in or complete resolution of other conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.
If you find yourself struggling with weight loss or one or more obesity-related health conditions, bariatric surgery could be right for you. To learn more about bariatric (weight loss) surgery, please call (585) 922-LINK (5465) to register for one of our free informational seminars.