Laparoscopic Surgery Options

Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery in Central Minnesota

We offer a full spectrum of surgical interventions supported by the latest technology. Minimally invasive surgery offers surgeons the precision, dexterity and control of traditional surgery, but with incisions no bigger than a dime. Laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery uses up to six small abdominal incisions through which a video camera and surgical instruments are inserted. This technique is less invasive and creates less tissue damage as it replaces the need for one large incision.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

When gastric bypass surgery is performed, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch divided from the rest of the stomach. The resulting walnut-sized pouch holds about one ounce of food. The small intestine is then divided and the lower part (jejunum) is connected to the newly formed pouch. This allows food to bypass the first segment of the small intestine (duodenum) resulting in malabsorption of calories and nutrients.

Advantages of Gastric Bypass:

  • Effective for improving or resolving high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and many other medical issues
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is cured
  • Most patients lost 60-80 percent of excess body weight with this procedure
  • Weight loss occurs over a 12- to 18-month period
  • Does not involve an implanted device

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy removes the left side of the stomach, including the portion that produces hormones for hunger stimulation. The remaining portion of the stomach is stapled into a narrow tube or sleeve. The reduced stomach size causes a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food.

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • The small intestines are left intact, minimizing chances of intestinal blockage and ulcers
  • Interferes minimally with the digestion and absorption of vitamins and nutrients
  • Most patients lose about 60 percent of excess weight within a two-year period
  • Does not involve an implanted device
  • May use NSAIDS and aspirin after this surgery
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Gavin and Crescence Valentine Laparoscopic Surgery Options Patient Story
"We both learned a lot about not just eating what tastes good but what you should eat. And we’ve adopted a mentality of being mindful. We think about how hungry we should be when we eat and how full we should be when we are done."
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