Texas Laparoscopic Consultants Perform 300th Single-Incision Weight Loss Procedure at Houston Bariatric Surgery Practice

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Board-certified bariatric surgeons in Houston are using a new weapon in the fight against morbid obesity, a disease that now afflicts about 11 million people in the U.S. As the first bariatric surgery practice in the Houston-area to utilize the technique, Texas Laparoscopic Consultants has achieved a milestone by performing the 300th single-incision weight loss procedure, which not only improves the recovery process, but also the aesthetic outcome of surgical treatment that can help patients lose significant amounts of weight.

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The patient comes first and we feel we provide them with the best of all worlds with our single incision laparoscopic surgery.

At Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, Dr. Sherman Yu and Dr. Terry Scarborough are helping patients suffering from morbid obesity achieve their weight loss goals with less aesthetic impact, and an improved recovery process. With the performance of the 300th single-incision weight loss surgery, Dr. Yu and Dr. Scarborough are celebrating a new milestone as the first practice to offer the technique in the Houston-area.

With about 11 million people in the U.S. weighing 80-100 pounds more than the average for their size, the doctors at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants say they realize that many patients will consider bariatric surgery to help them lose weight when diet and exercise alone do not provide the desired results. The difference in the technique for single-incision weight loss surgery when compared to traditional bariatric procedures is the use of smaller medical instruments and a camera. Doctors at the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants make a small incision near the navel, typically between two to five centimeters, instead of multiple incisions throughout the wall of the abdomen necessary in more traditional weight loss techniques. Once the single incision is made, the surgery is then performed with small instruments and the aid of a video monitor which shows the surgical field in exceptionally fine detail, ultimately making the overall procedure much less invasive than traditional methods.

In addition to being the first doctors to make the single-incision technique standard for major weight loss procedures, Dr. Yu and Dr. Scarborough are also the first bariatric surgeons to use the procedure in gastric sleeve surgery in Houston. The doctors say that for patients who undergo the gastric sleeve procedure, adjustable gastric banding procedures, and other surgical weight loss treatments, safety is their biggest concern. But with the single-incision procedure, they say they can offer a number of benefits to patients with the utmost care for their safety, while considering the cosmetic outcome as well.

Whether performing procedures such as vertical sleeve gastrectomy or LAP-BAND® System surgery in Houston, Dr. Yu and Dr. Scarborough continue to pursue the latest in bariatric surgical techniques as they celebrate the 300th single-incision weight loss procedure at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants. As part of their standard technique, the doctors say whether the single-incision weight loss procedure is being used for gastric banding or gastric sleeve surgeries, each patient’s safety and the aesthetic outcome of the surgery are of the utmost concern. “The patient comes first and we feel we provide them with the best of all worlds with our single incision laparoscopic surgery.”

About Texas Laparoscopic Consultants

Dr. Sherman Yu attended the University of Texas and graduated with high honors. He earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, and performed his surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. After completing his year as chief resident in surgery, Dr. Yu returned to Houston to complete a year-long fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association, among others.

Dr. Scarborough graduated from the University of New Mexico with honors, and received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School Of Medicine. He completed his surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and then participated in a year-long fellowship there in laparoscopic surgery. After completing his surgical training in Houston, Dr. Scarborough joined the New Mexico Surgical Associates, then joined the team at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and became a fellowship director in laparoscopic surgery. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Southwestern Surgical Society.

Texas Laparoscopic Consultants is located at 1200 Binz Suite 950 in Houston, Texas 77004 and can be reached at (713) 493-7700 or http://www.tlcsurgery.com


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