To break down just the statistics shown in recent studies…
Open incision surgeries were shown to have a 14% complication rate, while laparoscopic surgery had a mere 7% complication rate. For over 400 laparoscopic bypass surgeries, there was a zero percent mortality rate, where a similar study showed a 0.11% mortality rate
in traditional, open incision gastric bypass surgeries. This isn’t to say that complications and mortality never, ever occur in laparoscopic bypass surgery operations, however, the risk is greatly reduced.
The laparoscopic gastric bypass roux en-y method was first performed in 1993, and is credited with the increasing popularity of gastric bypass as an option for extreme weight problems. However, this method is also considered one of the most difficult procedures for surgeons to perform. Still, the benefits include shorter hospital stays and greatly reduced discomfort. There also tends to be less scarring, very little risk of incisional hernia, and much shorter recovery time.
Because of the expertise involved, this method may be more costly, but it is phenomenally safer than traditional open incision methods. Of course, because of the price involved, we strongly recommend talking with your gastric bypass insurance provider and looking into alternative solutions to a serious weight problem.
And this is something to be stressed: Gastric bypass is a last resort measure for extreme weight issues and can only be recommended when your life or long term health is seriously at risk. It is most definitely not a vanity operation. With laparoscopic methods, gastric bypass complications are far less common, but gastric bypass surgery always demands major lifestyle changes on the part of the patient. Talk with your doctor and look into other options before considering gastric bypass surgery.