Being educated about weight loss surgery is very important in order to decide what type of operation is right for you.
Listen as Dr. David Kim talks about the importance of choosing the right type of surgery. He also explains the risks and benefits of a laparoscopic treatment plan for weight loss surgery.
Dr Kim laparoscopy specialists who performs gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Realize Band procedures.
Dr David Kim:
“I am often asked what kind of surgery should I have as the best operation for me. And I think the best kind of operation should be decided upon by a patient in most cases.
I think when a patient becomes educated with regards to the risks and the options, they will choose a surgical option that’s most appropriate for them, their risk tolerance and their lifestyle.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
It should be remembered that all the operations we perform are done laparoscopically. That means that we are going to be making a series of small incisions, approximately five or six, one-inch incisions as opposed to a six or ten-inch incision along someone’s abdomen to do the surgery.This is important because the patients will recover quicker, they will have less pain, they will have a quicker return to work with the less chance of infection and hernia formation.
In addition to what I’ve said, I believe there is a benefit to laparoscopic surgery. I started performing open surgery years ago. And I found that my visualization was far superior with laparoscopic surgery. The scope can be maneuvered into every small area of the body and this allows us to have superior visualization throughout the operation.
Finally it should be remembered that though there are risks of every operation with regards to bariatric surgery that the risks of doing nothing are far greater than the risks of these procedures because we must remember that obesity is a disease and patients can shorten their lifespan by as much as twenty years from living with this disease.”
If you are considering weight loss surgery, make sure you read and learn about the different options you have. As Dr. Kim says, obesity is as a disease and it is accompanied by many factors that can eventually shorten an individual’s lifespan by as many as twenty years. Although there is risk in surgery, numerous benefits exist including, most importantly, living a longer and much healthier life.