In terms of safety and effectiveness, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy accomplishes the same goals as the traditional sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Typically, when surgical procedures are modified in the services of making them more minimally invasive, they may lose some degree of effectiveness, or force the surgeon to take a different path to accomplish the goals of the procedure.
However, Dr. Choi is able to achieve the same results, and perform the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at the same high level of success as the countless traditional gastric sleeve procedures that he has performed.
Traditional Vs. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The main difference between the traditional sleeve and the laparoscopic gastric sleeve is that the advanced, compact laparoscopic tools allow Dr. Choi to perform the procedure with minimal scarring. With the laparoscopic approach, each incision is only three millimeters long, and with four entry points needed to perform the procedure, the end result is four tiny scars no bigger than a freckle. Compared to the much more visible scars made by more common five or ten millimeter incisions, patients enjoy the ability the feel comfortable in their own skin knowing that they do not have any readily visible scars.
A Less Invasive Weight Loss Journey
Additionally, because the laparoscopic approach uses tools that are much more compact and space-efficient than traditional tools, the laparoscopic gastric sleeve involves a lesser impact on the tissues around the surgery site. This means that patients can experience quicker recovery times, and a decreased risk of infection.
Although the laparoscopic method is less invasive, it is still important that those seeking a laparoscopic gastric sleeve in Fort Lauderdale go to an experienced surgeon like Dr. Choi who has experience performing both traditional and newer sleeve gastrectomy procedures.
Advancements in weight loss procedures in Fort Lauderdale and beyond have come a long way in the past few years. The sleeve gastrectomy has become the most popular procedure in the country over the last 10 years due to the following reasons.
- Offers better weight loss results compared to the Lap Band procedure, while carrying fewer risks as compared to the gastric bypass.
- It does not only decreases the capacity of the stomach, but also decreases production of the hormone ghrelin, which is responsible for many of the hunger cravings that drive us to eat.
Now, with the laparoscopic approach, patients can get these incredible benefits with less scarring, a quicker recovery, and less risk of infection.
For more information on laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, contact Dr. Choi to schedule an appointment 305-821-3795.