ADVANCED LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS), a minimally invasive surgery, serves as an advanced surgical technique performed through small incisions using cameras and long, skinny instruments. ALS results in reduced post-operative pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery times compared to traditional open surgery. Studies have also proven that this technique reduces the risk of post-operative wound complications, including infections and incisional hernias.
During ALS, our team of surgeons uses multiple small incisions (each usually 5-10mm). The abdominal cavity is filled with gas (carbon dioxide) to provide the surgeon with visibility. A video camera is introduced through one of the small incisions and the surgery is completed using long, skinny instruments to perform the operation while looking through video monitors. At the end of the operation, the tiny incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches. Almost every surgery can be done using ALS, although many surgeons might tell you that ALS cannot be used in certain situations. This is simply not true. We always encourage patients to seek a 2nd opinion regarding any abdominal surgery they are facing and to seek out fellowship-trained surgeons like the team at Roller Weight Loss.
ALS is just another component of our mission to offer the most advanced, patient-focused bariatric surgery program in Arkansas.
ALS VS. GENERAL LAPAROSCOPY VS. ROBOTIC-ASSISTED SURGERY
We want to make sure you’re fully informed about the different surgical techniques available to you so that you can make the best decision for your health. At Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery, we perform our weight loss procedures using ALS, which we believe is the safest and most effective surgical method.
Robotic-assisted surgery is just another form of ALS. In this case, a robot is used by the surgeon sitting at a console to perform the surgery. Our surgeons are able to perform robotic surgery whenever necessary.
However, it should be noted that there are no differences in patient outcomes in robotic surgery compared with ALS as they are both minimally invasive techniques. Robotic surgery does not have a role in bariatric surgery, as it has only been shown to increase the length of the surgeries as well as the cost with no improvement in risk of complications.