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The terms ‘laparoscopic surgery’ and ‘bariatric surgery’ generally mean operations that are done through small holes and are less traumatic than traditional open surgery. Advanced optical and video technology is used to look inside the body through tiny holes. Miniaturization of surgical instruments and totally new forms of energy to cut and seal incisions has made surgery possible through tiny holes, which offer a dramatic reduction in pain, disability, scars, complications like wound infection and incision hernia after surgery. Recovery is rapid; the patient can have a normal diet and move around within a day and get back to normal activity in less than a week.
CARE Hospitals provides the best laparoscopic surgery and obesity treatment options in India. The Institute of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at CARE Hospitals has a specialized team of minimal access surgeons who work in harmony to provide state-of-the-art surgical services, while offering compassionate patient care. Some of the surgical procedures offered are:
Surgery for obesity, also called bariatric surgery, alters the digestive process so that the patients lose weight, safely and effectively. The Institute of Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery at CARE Hospitals offers laparoscopic bariatric surgical options, which offer a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to work and activity. Bariatric surgery helps people with extreme obesity to lose weight. This may be an option for patients who cannot lose weight through diet and exercise and have serious health problems caused by obesity.
The bariatric surgical procedures offered are:
Gastric banding is done with a few tiny abdominal cuts (about 1 cm), instead of one large cut. The surgeon inserts the instruments through the cuts to perform the procedure. One of those instruments is a laparoscope, a tool with a tiny camera. The surgeon uses these tools to place a band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a very small pouch available for food.
Gastric banding can help achieve lasting weight loss by limiting the amount of food a person eats, reducing the appetite and slowing digestion.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a new procedure that induces weight loss by restricting the food intake. With this procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 60 per cent of the stomach laparoscopically, so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or ‘sleeve’. This procedure is usually performed on very obese or high risk patients, with the intention of performing another surgery at a later time. The second procedure could be a gastric bypass.
Gastric bypass is the most common form of weight loss surgery because it results in reliable weight loss, with acceptable risks and minimal side effects. In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon staples off a large section of the stomach, leaving a tiny pouch. With the bypass a patient cannot eat as much as he/she did before surgery, as this small pouch can only accommodate little food at a time. Subsequently, the patient loses weight.
An intra gastric balloon procedure aims to reduce hunger and help the patient feel fuller for a longer time after eating small meals. This type of weight loss treatment can help the patient lose weight without invasive surgery. During the procedure a soft balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth, using an endoscope (a thin, flexible telescope). The balloon is then filled with a saline solution to partially fill the stomach, leaving less room for large amounts of food or drink.
A gastric balloon is designed as a temporary weight loss solution and is usually removed after six months. It is sometimes used to help the patient lose enough weight to undergo gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric imbrication is a weight loss surgery in which the stomach is folded over and stitched to itself, shrinking it to a small fraction of its original size. This means that it holds less food, which in turn means fewer calories consumed and successful weight loss for patients. However, the patients need to follow the post-operative guidelines provided by the bariatric team at CARE Hospitals.