3D surgery, a breakthrough in the treatment of obesity and diabetes

Three-dimensional vision surgery to treat obesity represents a major revolution in safety for the patient and image quality for the surgeon.

The 3D technique offers smaller incisions, shorter surgical time, a less uncomfortable postoperative period and an earlier recovery. The operation lasts 45 minutes, hospital discharge takes 48 hours and return to daily life takes one week.

The camera that is inserted has a double lens, providing depth of image and a vision almost identical to that of the human eye. The surgeon also needs special equipment: polarized glasses capable of translating the images on the screens, as if it were a 3D cinema.

3D surgery treats obesity and diabetes, preferably using the technique known as gastric sleeve, where only the stomach is treated by reducing its size.

Unlike bypass techniques (intestinal short circuits), where the patient suffers malabsorption of vitamins, minerals, proteins, iron and calcium for life, patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery will not need extra intake, because the food will follow its usual channel. Nor will they need extra vitamin administration.

The benefits include a weight reduction of up to 80% in 10 months. After the first month with liquid intake, purées and mashed foods to get the stomach used to its new size, the patient will be able to lead a normal life and consume all kinds of food in reduced quantities, since the stomach will not allow excessive amounts.

This type of surgery can also be used in patients in whom advanced laparoscopic surgery is indicated, such as gallbladder and biliary tract surgery, hiatal and stomach hernia, colon and rectal tumors.