New Single Incision LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Surgery, Leaving No Visible Scar, Performed by Dr. Sashi Ganta From Austin, Texas

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Dr. Sashi Ganta, a Board Certified bariatric surgeon practicing in Austin, Texas, is believed to have performed the first trans-umbilical LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery in the state of Texas with no visible scar on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. It's one of the first procedures of its kind in the U.S. as it required no special instruments or equipment. This single incision laparoscopic technique eliminates virtually all visible scarring. It's a new option for patients considering the LAP-BAND® or the REALIZE Band for the surgical treatment of obesity. More information is available at http://www.austinbariatric.com

With the emergence of new techniques such as SILS or single-incision laparoscopic surgery, individuals seeking gastric banding for obesity now can choose to not have any visible scarring. This new technique of Trans-umbilical Gastric banding (TUGB) allows patients to have significantly improved cosmetic results and possibly less pain and a faster recovery.

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Sashi Ganta is believed to have performed the first trans-umbilical LAP-BAND® procedure in the state of Texas on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at Seton Northwest Hospital in Austin, Texas. Dr. Ganta pioneered this new technique, which involves complete navigation and placement of the LAP-BAND® via the belly button, thus eliminating the need for special instruments, and also leaving no visible scars on the abdomen.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is an advanced approach in which the surgeon operates exclusively through a single entry point instead of the typical five or more incisions. Until now, single incision gastric band placements have utilized a 4 cm incision below the patient's left rib. With this new technique, Dr. Ganta used a single incision in the umbilicus which left no visible scar on the patient's abdomen. Dr. Ganta is one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to use this almost scarless approach for LAP-BAND® placement. Dr. Sashi Ganta completed four LAP-BAND® procedures so far utilizing the SILS technique.

The single incision approach was recently featured on the Today Show. Only a limited number of doctors across the country are using this technique for procedures such as gallbladder removal because it requires significant dexterity and training. Even fewer doctors are using this technique in placing the LAP-BAND® or the REALIZE Band for the surgical treatment of obesity. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery leaves the patient with less scarring and though not yet proven in scientific studies, has the potential for less post operative pain, quicker recovery time and reduced risk of wound site infections.

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System (By Allergan Inc.) is a silicone band that is surgically placed around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food a patient can accommodate in the stomach. Patients gain the ability to control portion size and realize long-term weight loss.

According to Dr. Ganta, "With the emergence of new techniques such as SILS or single-incision laparoscopic surgery, individuals seeking gastric banding for obesity now can choose to not have any visible scarring. This new technique of Trans-umbilical Gastric banding (TUGB) allows patients to have significantly improved cosmetic results and possibly less pain and a faster recovery."

About Dr. Sashi Ganta:
Dr. Sashi Ganta is a board-certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery. He performs Adjustable Gastric Banding with both traditional and scarless single incision approaches. Dr Ganta has developed a comprehensive bariatric practice in Austin, Texas and also performs Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch, Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Sleeve, Stomaphyx, as well as Revisions for failed weight loss surgery. Dr. Ganta is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Ganta received fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and completed his Surgery Residency Training at Sound Shore Medical Center, New York. He has studied medicine in the United States, India and UK. Dr. Ganta lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Nalini and two daughters.

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Dr. Sashi Ganta
Austin Institute of Bariatrics and Laparoscopy (AIBL)
11851 Jollyville Road, Suite 104, Austin, Texas, 78759
Phone 512-257-AIBL (2425)
Email : aiblinfo @ yahoo.com
http://www.austinbariatric.com

Contact: Mr. Charles Durant
Seton Northwest Hospital
11113 Research Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78759    
Phone 512-324-6000

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