Gastric bypass is a weight loss surgery that is utilized when patients have been unsuccessful at weight loss from dieting, exercise, or medication. The goal of this procedure is to decrease the size of the stomach making the patient fuller from less food intake, resulting in weight loss.
Gastric bypass surgery involves the division of the stomach into two pouches and a rearrangement of the small intestines connecting it to the smaller, upper pouch. In doing this, ingested food bypasses large parts of the stomach and small intestine, limiting the amount of calories absorbed
There are multiple ways to perform a gastric bypass surgery including open surgery or robotic laparoscopic surgery. While open surgery can be a useful technique, it introduces complications not present in robotic laparoscopic surgery.
Here are some of the benefits of robotic laparoscopic surgery:
- Less pain and scarring
Compared to open surgery, laparoscopic surgery utilizes smaller incisions and a tiny camera to perform the gastric bypass resulting in much less tissue damage. In addition to this, robotic laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery may involve only one incision above or at the belly button. Because this incision is so small and only at the belly button, scarring is oftentimes hidden and pain is minimized compared to open surgery.
- Quicker recovery
Because open surgery involves a larger incision and thus more tissue and nerve damage, the recovery is much longer compared to robotic laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, robotic laparoscopic surgery introduces less wounds to heal making for a quicker recovery.
- Decreased risk of complications
Open surgery has the largest risk of complications. The large incision can get infected, introduce issues during surgery, maximize discomfort, etc. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, especially robotic, minimizes risks of complications because it is much less invasive.
- Shorter hospital stay
As previously stated, open surgery introduces complication risks, prolongs recovery, and results in higher pain levels. Because of this, hospital stays are typically longer to monitor the large incision and ensure a healthy recovery. Laparoscopic surgery requires less hospitalization and post-operative care. Oftentimes, robotic laparoscopic gastric bypass patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery.
Ultimately, there are clear benefits to robotic laparoscopic gastric bypass compared to other conventional bypass procedures. If you think that this surgery is right for you, contact Dr. Ahmad for a consultation today!
Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic robotic surgery and has performed over 2,000 laparoscopic robotic surgeries. He is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success.