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What are the advantages of laparoscopic weight loss surgery?

The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include:
  • smaller surgical cuts (incisions)
  • less chance of infection
  • reduced risk of hernia
  • less pain
  • quicker recovery
  • back to work sooner  
The advantages of laparoscopic weight loss surgery, which is the same procedure as the open weight loss surgery, include the following:
  • small incisions
  • reduction in or elimination of wound infections,
  • less pain
  • quicker recovery
Whatever the method used, the patient's average stay in the hospital is 2-3 days. When this procedure is done laparoscopically, patients recover faster and often return to work in 2 weeks (as compared to 4 to 6 weeks with traditional surgery). The rate of hernias (a complication in 10% to 20% of open procedures) is significantly reduced.

In summary, the minimal access, laparoscopic surgical approach to the treatment of obesity may reduce postoperative pain and medication levels, promote faster return of bowel function, and improved cosmetic results. It is important to remember, however, that not all patients are candidates for laparoscopic surgery. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with the most appropriate treatment options for your individual situation.

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