Weight loss surgery is often a last resort and only hope for many fighting a battle with obesity. A new study done by researchers at Stanford suggests that those who undergo the minimally invasive laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures are less likely to have complications during the procedure than those undergoing open surgery.
Canada.com, reporting on the study, states that during gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a pouch out of the top portion of the stomach and then connects it to the small intestine allowing fewer calories to be absorbed. In laparoscopic procedures, a few small cuts in the stomach are made and a tiny camera allows the surgeon to see, as compared to the one large cut made during open surgery.
According to Canada.com, 19 percent of patients who had open surgery had at least one complication — such as developing pneumonia or needing a blood transfusion — compared to just more than 12 percent of those who had less-invasive surgery. Further, one in 500 patients who had the open surgery died, compared to one in 1,000 for the less-invasive option.
Though there are risks and complications possible in both type of weight loss surgery, the procedures help many people.
Another study, reported by Medicinenet.com, reports that patients who undergo weight loss surgery were at lower risk of heart disease seven years after the surgery. The findings are important because they track the patients for several years after the surgery, and the results are good.
The average weight of those studied dropped 79 pounds and improved in several cardiac-related categories.
Weight loss surgery can cost between $20,000 to $25,000.