Today I would like to share a letter to my pre-op…
I had my gastric bypass done laparoscopically. What this means is that instead of being opened right up to have my surgery done I had five small incisions or entry points to have my insides rearranged. This is the preferred way for surgeons to be able to perform the surgery.
I was lucky that I was able to have it done laparoscopically as it is not always possible. If you have had previous abdominal surgeries or you have lots of scar tissue it may not be possible to have it done laparoscopically. If you are unsure how your surgery would or could be done make sure you discuss it with your doctor. Sometimes they plan to go in laparoscopically but have to open you up because of something unexpected so that’s a possibility too.
Instead of one big scar down my tummy I have five little ones dotted about. They varied in size from about 1 cm across to about 3-4 cm across immediately after my surgery. Now they range in size from I can barely see it and have to hunt for it to about 1 cm across. I do scar and heal well though so I don’t think my levels of healing and response can be expected by everyone.
The benefits of having the surgery done laparoscopically is an easier recovery. You have less healing to do on the outside and of course laparoscopically is a bit less traumatic for your body to recover from and it should reduce your time spent in hospital. As well as that with smaller incisions come smaller scars and a lower risk of developing a hernia or infection.
Did you have your weight loss surgery done laparoscopically or did you have to be opened up? Comment below and let me know.