During laparoscopic vagotomy, part of the vagus
nerve in the esophagus is removed. This procedure is performed with a
minimally invasive method that utilizes a laparoscope (a small video camera)
and small instruments inserted through small incisions.
- Resection of
the vagus nerve
Treated with Laparoscopic Vagotomy:
Laparoscopic vagotomy may be performed to reduce
stomach acid secretions, repair ulcers or reduce hunger in obese patients.
Non-surgical alternatives to laparoscopic vagotomy
include dietary restrictions, antacids and medications that reduce the
production of acid. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include parietal
cell vagotomy and truncal vagotomy.
with Laparoscopic Vagotomy:
Laparoscopic vagotomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from Laparoscopic Vagotomy:
Possible risks following laparoscopic vagotomy
include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.