Bariatric procedures should be treated as tools that can help you change your eating habits to gradually lose weight. Each one has its pros and cons as applied to specific cases. Below is a list of weight loss procedures we perform at Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates:
It is important for a patient to gain an in-depth understanding of the procedures. The best person to give you this information is your surgeon. Discuss your case with your surgeon and ask about the advantage and disadvantages of each procedure to learn what’s best for you.
The goal of bariatric surgery is to live better, healthier, and longer. The technically advanced, experienced surgeons at Bluegrass Bariatrics feel strongly that surgery for the debilitating, chronic disease of morbid obesity should be performed in the safest, least invasive means possible. That is why we perform all of our bariatric procedures laparoscopically, a technically challenging minimally invasive method proven to have less complications than traditional “open” bariatric surgical procedures.
During the laparoscopic procedure, a tiny video camera and surgical instruments are inserted into the abdomen through several very small incisions. The surgeon performs the entire procedure via observation through the camera. The laparoscope, which is connected to the video camera, provides the surgeon with a magnified, more precise view of the patient’s abdominal area.
Patients who undergo laparoscopic surgery typically experience far fewer complications than those that undergo open surgery. They report less pain, fewer side effects, and quicker return to normal activities and work than with the open procedures.
We bring experience in performing hundreds of these procedures exclusively laparoscopically with minimal complications and no deaths. We can almost always perform your surgery laparoscopically (minimally invasively) even if another bariatric surgeon has told you that you are not a candidate for laparoscopic bariatric surgery. You owe it to yourself to seek a second opinion with Bluegrass Bariatrics before proceeding with an open surgery known to have increased complications and longer hospital stays.
We have heard all types of misleading reasons that open or inexperienced laparoscopic bariatric surgeons give for why you cannot have your surgery done laparoscopically. These include such excuses as “you’re too big”, “you’re too short or tall”, “they can’t see as well laparoscopically”, “you have too much scar tissue”, “you’ve had a previous open or laparoscopic procedure” and “we would need to use too much gas to inflate your abdomen”. Be aware that in most instances, none of these statements are true for advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeons, and once again, you owe it to yourself to talk to us before you proceed with an open procedure based on one of these false assumptions.
Previous open or laparoscopic surgeries such as gallbladder surgery, C-section, hysterectomy, appendectomy, splenectomy, and pelvic surgery (such as on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or for endometriosis) are generally NOT contraindications to laparoscopic bariatric surgery in our hands.