What happens during Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is an advanced technique that may be employed to perform obesity and weight loss procedures, including bariatric surgery. The technique is designed to produce the desired results in a less invasive manner, reducing the risks and involving lesser downtime.
Dr. Wiljon W. Beltre is a leading bariatric surgeon providing a range of weight loss and obesity treatments. During the initial consultation, Dr. Beltre will explain all aspects of laparoscopic surgery to the patient. Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and the surrounding areas.
Prior to laparoscopic surgery, the patient will be required to follow food and drink instructions for about eight hours. The surgeon will explain the potential risks and address any last-minute concerns and queries of the patient. A consent form will have to be signed by the patient. Procedures such as bariatric surgery or laparoscopic surgery are typically performed using general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist may discuss with the patient about drug allergies beforehand.
Some adjustments may have to be made with regard to the patient’s current medications a few weeks before the surgery. Aspirin, blood thinners and certain type of herbal medications may have to be avoided. Renowned bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre provides laparoscopic surgery procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and nearby locations.
Laparoscopy will involve the surgical insertion of tiny fiber-optic instruments into the targeted areas of the body through very minor surgical openings. Three or more small incisions may be required in most cases. A camera is inserted through one of the incisions to guide the surgeon who will manipulate the instruments through two other openings.
Scissors, scalpels, surgical staplers, and sutures are provided at the ends of these instruments. The following steps are typically involved in a laparoscopic surgery of the abdomen:
- A small cut is placed near the navel to insert a thin, hollow tube called trocar.
- The abdomen is expanded by way of injecting carbon dioxide gas in the targeted area. This allows more room to the surgeon to view the area clearly.
- Laparoscope, which includes a very tiny camera and a high intensity light, is inserted into the abdomen through the trocar. The view from inside is projected on a monitor in the operating room, providing a clear perspective to the surgeon.
- The surgeon will manipulate various surgical instruments through the incisions to perform the procedure.
The instruments will be removed once the surgery is completed. The surgeon will close the incisions with sutures, and cover the area with bandages. If the incisions are very small, sutures may not be necessary, and only skin adhesive tape may be placed to close them. The patient remains comfortable and asleep throughout the procedure due to general anesthesia and sedation.
Minor pain or discomfort may occur in the treated area for a few days, which can be addressed with pain medications prescribed by the surgeon. Sutures may be removed about one week after the surgery. Depending on the patient’s condition, the surgeon will determine when normal eating and drinking may be resumed following the surgery.
To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.
Please note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.