Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon
Guy Slater specialised in keyhole or laparoscopic surgery, during his surgical training, recognising the marked advantages it has over conventional surgery. In time, the majority of gastro-intestinal operations will be done this way.
Laparoscopic surgery offers short and long-term advantages. In the long-term, using laparoscopic surgery to avoid a large abdominal incision, reduces the incidence of large incisional hernias and abdominal wall failure, which can be very difficult to manage.
In the short-term laparoscopic surgery, reduces pain allowing an earlier discharge from hospital, to the point where many patients can go home the same day. From a surgeon's perspective, the better view afforded by the surgery enables more accurate surgery. It is for this reason that laparoscopic weight loss surgery is safer than the old fashioned surgery through a large abdominal wall incision.