Minimally Invasive Techniques for Weight Loss Surgery


Imagine, weight loss surgery without a visible scar!  Not only is it possible, it’s available at St. Charles Hospital.  Single-incision Lap-Band (laparoscopic gastric banding) and gastric sleeve gastrectomy are advanced minimally invasive approaches for weight loss surgery in which surgeons operate exclusively via a single entry point through the “belly button.”  Known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), for gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy, surgeons create just one small opening through the navel rather than the five small incisions required for traditional laparoscopic surgery.  The benefit for patients is less discomfort, faster recovery and a single scar that is hidden in the navel.

To begin your weight loss journey with the team at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.“SILS is an important new option that holds the potential of less pain, fewer scars and faster recovery,” explained Shawn Garber, MD, FACS, FASMBS, director, New York Bariatric Group and a bariatric surgeon at St. Charles. “Most patients report that they hardly notice the single incision hidden in the belly button.”

Surgeons at St. Charles offer both Laparoscopic Banding (Adjustable Gastric Band), Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (also referred to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass), which is considered the “gold standard” of modern obesity surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. These procedures are performed using state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques with smaller incisions, less post-surgery pain, less time in the hospital, and a faster recovery.

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