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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

Weight Loss Specialists & Bariatric Surgeons located in Denton, TX & Flower Mound, TX

Minimally-invasive surgery can now be used to perform surgeries that were once only done using a large, open incision. The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas use minimally-invasive procedures for all types of weight loss surgery because recovery and healing are quick and leave minimal scarring. Call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online if you’d like to discuss minimally-invasive bariatric surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally-invasive surgery?

Minimally-invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, allows surgery to be performed with less damage and trauma to your body because it only requires several small incisions that can accommodate long, thin tubes.

Your physician inserts surgical tools through the tubes, then controls them from outside the tube. A laparoscope is a standard piece of equipment used during minimally-invasive surgery because it contains the camera and lighting that let the surgeon see inside your body.

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is a type of laparoscopic surgery that enables more precise and intricate maneuvers. Your surgeon controls roboticized instruments that have better dexterity and range of motion than a human hand and can reach tight areas without harming surrounding tissues. The system provides better visual clarity due to a camera that has zoom capabilities and sends 3D, high-definition video for the doctor to view.

What are the advantages of minimally-invasive surgery?

Minimally-invasive surgery offers significant advantages to patients, including:

  • Quicker recovery time
  • Less pain
  • Faster healing
  • Smaller scars
  • Lower risk of infection than with open surgery
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays when inpatient surgery is needed

What types of bariatric surgery are performed?

The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas are highly trained and have extensive experience using minimally-invasive techniques to perform the following weight-loss surgeries:

Lap band or adjustable gastric band:

An inflatable band is placed around the top part of your stomach and tightened enough to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach, with an opening that lets food go through. The smaller pouch lets you feel full by eating less, resulting in weight loss of about 40-50% of your excess weight before surgery.

Gastric bypass:

Gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses some of the small intestine, which restricts the amount you can eat and limits calorie absorption. On average, 70% of excess body weight is lost in the first 18 months after surgery.

Duodenal switch:

The Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas recommend the duodenal switch for extremely obese individuals. Part of the stomach is removed to limit the amount of food you can eat, then a large section of the small intestine is bypassed so fewer calories are absorbed. The procedure helps obese patients lose 60-85% of their excess body weight.

Sleeve gastrectomy:

Sleeve gastrectomy removes a large portion of your stomach so you eat less at one time and feel full quickly. It produces weight loss that’s comparable to gastric bypass.