2 Different Ways to Perform Lap Band or Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery Highlight Medical Progress

Trusted bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz helps patients choose the most up-to-date, least invasive surgical option that will work for them.

Jan 02, 2015, 20:20 ET from Dr. Feiz and Associates

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For decades, the only option that surgeons from all disciplines had when performing an operation was to make an open incision at the actual site of the organ that required attention. Now, with technical advances and the rise of laparoscopic surgical techniques, highly trained surgeons like Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., have mastered a host of minimally invasive procedures to ensure that no patient has to undergo more risk than entirely necessary.  While there are still two basic ways to perform weight loss surgery, the differences between them highlight the rapid and ongoing refinements in the process of bariatric surgery and surgery in general.

  1. Open Surgery – Open surgery is what people typically think of when they picture a traditional operating room like those we often see in the movies and on television. Open weight loss surgery typically involves an 8 to 10 inch incision in the abdomen that allows the surgeon direct access to the stomach and other organs in questions.

    While this surgery was once the best and only option, it carries with it a number of issues, starting with a great deal more scarring than more up-to-date procedures. Worse, patients who have any type of open surgery are often at risk of developing abdominal wall hernias at the weak point where the incision was made.

  2. Laparoscopic Surgery – Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, has made tremendous strides in efficacy and popularity amongst surgeons over the last decade. It involves creating several extremely small incisions, never larger than ½ an inch, in which instruments, including a tiny fiber optic camera, can be inserted into the abdominal cavity. CO2 gas is used to gently inflate the abdomen, giving the surgeon ample room to work with once inside the patient.  Not only does this technique result in less scarring, but when performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Feiz, it is safer, and allows the patient to return to a normal routine much faster than was possible with older techniques.

Dr. Feiz knows that many of his patients have reservations about weight loss surgery because of their fear of an invasive procedure. He's also happy to say that these fears are based largely on misinformation and that weight loss surgery is now as safe as the most routine procedures thanks to  ever more advanced minimally invasive techniques. As a leader in the use of the latest techniques, he offers patients the highest level of effective and safe medical care.

Fear of surgery should never get in the way of the outstanding long-term health benefits that weight loss surgery can bring. If you or a loved one is interested in taking the first steps toward a healthier future, visit the Dr. Feiz and Associates website or contact their offices today by calling 800-868-5946.

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