Open vs. Laparoscopic Surgery

In the early days of bariatric surgery, the procedures were done by creating one large open incision to the abdomen. The surgeons at the New Jersey Bariatric Center have all completed recognized fellowships in advanced laparoscopic surgery and perform all weight loss surgery procedures laparoscopically.

During laparoscopic surgery, a small video camera and surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions made in the abdominal wall. The surgeon views the procedure on a video monitor. This approach is considered less invasive than open surgery, resulting in shorter hospital stays and fewer wound complications, such as infection, scarring or hernia. Studies have found that patients who had laparoscopic bariatric surgery  ̶  gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or LAP-BAND®  ̶  experience less pain after surgery resulting in easier breathing and lung function and higher overall oxygen levels. Patients who have laparoscopic surgery return more quickly to pre-surgical levels of activity.

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Single-Incision Bariatric Surgery

The latest technological advance in bariatric surgery is single incision laparoscopic gastric band surgery. During this procedure, surgeons reduce the operative site to a single, small incision around the belly button. This frequently results in minimal patient discomfort and a barely visible scar compared to traditional laparoscopic band surgery. The surgeons at the New Jersey Bariatric Center were the first in New Jersey to perform this groundbreaking laparoscopic procedure. But not all patients are candidates for single incision surgery. The doctors will evaluate each case individually to determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure.

The New Jersey Bariatric Center performs three types of surgical weight loss procedures: