We have performed 250 now and it is part of our standard technique for bands and sleeves. This is unique because often other surgeons are either just learning the basic technique, while we have advanced on to the next phase of minimally invasive surgery.
Houston, TX (Vocus) June 8, 2010
About 11 million people in the U.S. are considered to suffer from morbid obesity, weighing 80-100 pounds more than what’s thought to be the average weight for their size. Many Americans will ultimately seek bariatric surgery to help them lose weight after diet and exercise have not helped them meet their goals. However, some may choose not to undergo what can be a lifesaving procedure because traditional surgical techniques can result in scarring in the abdominal region. Doctors with Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, a practice offering procedures such as LAP-BAND® System surgery in Houston, REALIZE® Band surgery, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy, have been trying to change this by using a new technique that makes scarring from surgical weight loss procedures virtually unnoticeable and recovery more comfortable. The practice is now celebrating the success of its 250th single-incision weight loss surgery.
The single-incision obesity surgery procedure is a technique which uses small medical instruments and a camera to perform surgical procedures. Doctors with Texas Laparoscopic Consultants make an incision near the navel that is typically between two to five centimeters in diameter, then perform the surgery by visualizing the area on a video monitor. The single-incision technique eliminates the need for multiple incisions throughout the wall of the abdomen that are typically necessary in more traditional laparoscopic weight loss surgery techniques. Dr. Sherman Yu and Dr. Terry Scarborough are the first in Houston to make the single-incision weight loss surgery technique a standard for major surgical weight loss procedures. They are also the first in Texas and the southwestern U.S. to use the technique in vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) procedures – a treatment involving the removal of a large portion of the stomach. They say that, for patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery in Houston and adjustable gastric banding procedures, single-incision weight loss surgery has a number of benefits. “We believe in providing our patients with the safest surgery possible. Then we try and do the surgery as minimally invasive as possible because we believe that will reduce post-operative pain and recovery time. If we can do everything through just one incision, often hiding it in the belly button, then our patients have the best cosmetic outcome possible too.”
Procedures such as adjustable gastric banding are designed to create a smaller stomach chamber to give patients an earlier feeling of fullness. This procedure, which can be performed using the single-incision technique, is reversible and adjustable, allowing the patient to further restrict the stomach’s limits of food intake or make it possible to ingest less food before feeling full. Doctors with Texas Laparoscopic Consultants say whether it’s being used for gastric banding procedures or gastric sleeve resection surgery for more severe cases of obesity, the single-incision technique looks like it’s here to stay. “We have performed 250 now and it is part of our standard technique for bands and sleeves. This is unique because often other surgeons are either just learning the basic technique, while we have advanced on to the next phase of minimally invasive surgery.”
About Texas Laparoscopic Consultants
Since 2002, Dr. Terry Scarborough and Dr. Sherman Yu have performed more than 1500 laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedures. They are certified by the American Board of Surgery, and provide patients with a team approach for major surgical procedures, using two surgeons to increase the potential for delivering the most effective, safest care possible. Texas Laparoscopic Consultants has earned the designation of “Center of Excellence” by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery – an honor bestowed on only one out of every 303 bariatric surgery centers in the country.
Texas Laparoscopic Consultants can be reached at 1200 Binz. Suite 950, Houston, TX 77004 – (713) 493-7700. http://www.tlcsurgery.com.