We cannot recommend this strongly enough: If you have the choice between laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery or the traditional, open incision method, take the laparoscopic method.Laparoscopic surgery also goes by the name of “minimally invasive surgery”, or MIS. Other nicknames include bandaid surgery, or ben ogg surgery. A relatively new development in surgical sciences, laparoscopic surgery allows surgeons to operate with very small incisions to perform surgery in the abdominal or pelvic regions.
The related method known as keyhole surgery usually refers to surgery performed on the thoracic, or chest cavity, also called thoracoscopic surgery, and utilizing similar methods to laparoscopic surgery. Both laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery belong to the broader field known as endoscopy.
The term laparoscopic comes from, as you may have guessed, the laparoscope. The laparoscope involves a telescopic rod lens system connected to a video camera. A fiber optic cable system is connected to a cold light source, usually halogen or xenon, which is used to illuminate the field of operation within the patient’s body.
The above tools are allowed to move freely within the body by way of inflation with CO2, which expands the open area around the operative field. CO2 is used because it is common to the human body and can be easily absorbed by human tissue, or else removed by way of the respiratory system. That CO2 is completely non-flammable is also important, as many of the tools utilized in laparoscopic surgery are electronic and have the potential to ignite flammable gasses in the atmosphere.
There has been a bit of controversy over minimally invasive surgery, and it is certainly true that there are risks involved with laparoscopic surgery, however, these risks are greatly reduced from the number of risks involved in traditional open incision surgery, and this is especially true when it comes to laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Continue…