- Smaller incisions – Although several incisions are used during laparoscopy, they are extremely small (<½-inch to 1-inch); whereas, in open surgery, the incision size generally ranges anywhere from 3-inches to 8-inches, depending on the procedure being performed. For some laparoscopic procedures, no visible incision is necessary.
- Decreased risk of complications – The use of small incisions allows for less blood loss, a reduced risk of infection and less injury to tissue.
- Quicker recovery with less pain – During open surgery, the longer incision can lead to increased abdominal wall pain and a lengthened recovery time. Recuperation time following traditional surgical procedures can be extensive (typically, four to six weeks): However, with MIS, recovery time may be as short as a few days depending on the procedure. MIS allows for a shorter hospital stay, with many patients returning home on the day of their procedure.
- Reduced scarring – Since laparoscopic surgery requires smaller incisions, the scars themselves are also smaller than those seen with traditional surgical procedures.
- Less expensive than traditional surgery – Since laparoscopic surgery reduces the number of office appointments, the amount of time spent in the hospital, anesthesia and the need for medications following the procedure, the overall costs associated with MIS are reduced.
Reducing Your Bariatric Surgery Risks
Minimally invasive surgery uses smaller surgical incisions, and it's generally less risky than traditional surgery. But even with minimally invasive surgery, there are risks of complications with anesthesia, bleeding and infection.You can help lower some of the risks and possible side effects by:
- Decreasing your Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Increasing your amount of exercise
- Stopping smoking