New advancements are continually being made in the field of bariatric surgery, and the Tristate New York Bariatric Group remains at the forefront of the latest and most innovative procedures, techniques and solutions. One such development is Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, or SILS. With SILS for the lap-band procedure, patients will receive a range of benefits.
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What is SILS Bariatric Surgery?
SILS is a new development of laparoscopic surgery. Even traditional laparoscopic procedures, which use only small incisions and offer benefits compared to full open surgery, do in fact require five such small incisions to be made. With SILS, only one incision is used – hence the name, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery.
Dr. Shawn Garber of the Tristate New York Bariatric Group actually helped to develop this procedure. Today, not only is he one of the most well-versed surgeons in the country in performing SILS, he even teaches other surgeons how to perform the procedure. That makes Tristate New York Bariatric Group an unparalleled choice to receive this innovative surgery.
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Benefits of Lap-Band
SILS for lap-band produces wonderful results. Compared directly to other types of bariatric surgery, such as a traditional lap-band procedure, SILS reduces recovery time and pain. There is no need to cut through the stomach muscle, and only one small incision is made as opposed to five. Additionally, it is a virtually scarless procedure. Most patients have no visible scars after undergoing this type of surgery.
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery Benefits
- Minimally invasive
- Only one small incision
- Less post-surgery pain
- Virtually scarless
Further, the weight loss success of the lap-band remain unchanged. Two different studies found that mean BMI decreased by at least 15 points, the first by analyzing 42 patients over 15 months, and the second by analyzing 117 patients over two years. The largest study of its kind to ever look at the lap-band procedure found that patients maintained significant weight loss for the full 15 years they were followed.
What to Expect During & After your Procedure
SILS lap-band is quite similar to its traditional laparoscopic procedures. The major difference, of course, lies in only making a single incision. For more details on lap-band surgery, please refer to our additional on-site procedure guides.
In the case of SILS, patients are placed under anesthesia. A single incision is made through the belly button. Stomach staples are used to create the new stomach sleeve and close the rest off, then the incision itself is sutured closed. This procedure takes less than two hours to complete, and will typically require only a single night’s hospital stay.
With SILS adjustable gastric banding, a band is placed around the upper portion of your stomach, which creates a small pouch segmented from the rest of your stomach with only a narrow opening connecting them. Your lap-band is easily adjustable via an access port which allows it to be inflated or deflated by injecting or removing the band’s fluid, respectively. The surgery takes one hour or less to complete and most patients do not need to stay in the hospital overnight.
Further at-home care instructions will be provided for your respective procedure.
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What are the Procedure Risks?
Risks of undergoing lap-band surgery include internal bleeding, abdominal wall abscesses, and stomach leaking along the staple line. Developing acid reflux disease is also possible, although it can often be managed with proper diet and nutrition.
For lap-band, risks include dilation of the stomach pouch, food bolus obstruction, infection of the access port or the band itself, erosion or slippage of the band, and a potential need for revisional procedures in the future. While the lap-band is the least invasive type of bariatric procedure, one drawback is that it’s the easiest to sabotage in terms of failing to properly adjust your post-surgery diet (see below).
The procedure carries with it the common risks of any type of surgery, and any surgery involving the usage of anesthesia.
What Post Bariatric Surgery Diet will I need to follow?
Post-surgery diets for lap-band may differ in detail but are similar in nature, including several different phases. You’ll begin with two weeks of restriction to an all liquid diet, and then begin gradually incorporating more foods into your nutritional program on an every two week basis.
Your surgeon will discuss with you in more detail your post bariatric surgery diet, any need for supplements or vitamins, and the specific steps and time-lines involved.
You can also visit our online store for quick and convenient access to the doctor-recommended nutritious foods, drinks and supplements you may need in the weeks and months following your procedure.
What is the Cost of Lap-Band Surgery in New York?
Many prospective patients are thrilled to learn that most types of bariatric surgery are indeed covered by major insurance providers, based on meeting their baseline standards of obesity and health risk. As this can be a complex and daunting issue to navigate, we’re here to help. Additionally, if you’re unable to obtain insurance coverage, we also offer several financing options to help make life-changing bariatric surgery with the Tristate New York Bariatric Group more affordable.
What is the next step to change my life today?
The Tristate New York Bariatric Group is one of the country’s leading choices for innovative and highly successful SILS gastric sleeve or lap-band surgery. Virtually scarless, with reduced pain and recovery time, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is a wonderful way to produce life-changing results.
Call our office at 800.633.8446 for more information, or to schedule an initial consultation. The time to take action, improve your health and extend your life is now.
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