Minimal Incision Gastric Bypass

There are different approaches to accomplish operations. These approaches have been adapted for procedures in the abdomen as well as other areas of the body, such as the chest. They are:

  1. Traditional open surgery
  2. Minimally invasive surgery
    1. Laparoscopic
    2. Minimal incision

The Minimal incision approach falls within the category of minimally invasive surgery, as does Laparoscopic surgery. Both approaches minimize the incision length and thus reduce trauma and thus minimizes recovery time and postoperative pain. In minimal incision bariatric surgery, the same operation is accomplished as with traditional open surgery, however the incision size is greatly reduced, and are on the order of about 4 inches or 10 cm. The total length of the multiple small incisions used for laparoscopy and the length of the single small incision used for minimal incision surgery are about the same, and therefore the amount of pain and recovery time from both approaches are comparable.

Typically patients that have had their bariatric surgery through the minimal incision approach will leave the hospital on the 3rd hospital day (post-op day #2), which is as good or better than those that have the operation through the laparoscopic approach.


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