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Types of Surgery

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At St. Elizabeth Healthcare we offer several surgical options for weight loss.

Although “open” surgery is still an option; virtually all surgical procedures performed at the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center are done laparoscopically. This is because laparoscopic surgery:

  • offers better wound healing with more cosmetically appealing results (open surgery wound infection and hernia rates are as high as 30 percent)
  • is less painful and allows for an earlier return to usual activity
  • gives the surgeon a better view of abdominal anatomy
  • requires a shorter hospital stay (open surgery requires a large abdominal incision, which can increase the length of the hospital stay)

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