National Recognition for Local Innovative Surgeon

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Dr. Tom Lavin, a leader in weight loss surgeries, and his patient Gloria DeJesus discuss the incisionless POSE procedure on the popular daytime TV show, The Doctors.

Surgical Specialists of Louisiana

Surgical Specialists of Louisiana

Our practice has performed more POSE procedures than anyone else in the world and our patients have experienced significant weight loss.

On Friday, November 30th, Dr. Tom Lavin, world-renowned weight loss surgeon and Founding Partner of The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi will be a guest on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “The Doctors”. Dr. Lavin and his patient, Gloria DeJesus, of Miami, Florida, will discuss with the show’s co-host, Dr. Travis Stork, M.D., the POSE procedure. Gloria had the POSE in New Orleans at Crescent City Surgical Centre in July of this year. Three months later and 26 pounds lighter, Gloria said, “I’m so glad I had the POSE procedure. It gives me the control I need to lose the weight!”

The Surgical Specialists of LA and MS is one of two practices in the United States performing the POSE. Dr. Lavin has performed over 100 of these on patients from all over the country and around the world. He is internationally known, attracting patients from Canada, Dubai, Morocco, and the Caribbean.

POSE is an incisionless, outpatient procedure that will change the way we treat patients who want to lose 25 to 70 pounds,” said Dr. Lavin. “Our practice has performed more POSE procedures than anyone else in the world and our patients have experienced significant weight loss.”

POSE (an acronym for Primary Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) decreases the size of the stomach and reduces cravings without a single incision. Dr. Lavin describes the procedure as extremely safe. “I insert an endoscope through the mouth to reach the stomach then fold the stomach lining over and close it with basket stitches. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes. Patients are back to work within a day or two. They can eat anything they want, just less of it.”

Dr. Lavin first performed the POSE in 2009 on nine patients through an IRB approved registry. Since then word has spread on the safety and effectiveness of this procedure. “Many of my patients are in their 40s and 50s, peri and post menopausal, and have tried diet and exercise for years. This is the answer they’ve been searching for. POSE helps them with their portion control, hunger, and cravings which aids them in achieving sustained weight loss.”

“The Doctors” is an Emmy Award-winning daily, nationally syndicated daytime series. Featuring Dr. Travis Stork, M.D., Dr. Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., Dr. Jim Sears, M.D., and Dr. Lisa Masterson, M.D., “The Doctors” offers a reliable source of fascinating medical and health advice, reaching millions of viewers every week. This episode of “The Doctors” is scheduled to air this Friday, November 30th. Check local listings for the airtime in your city

The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi at and, is a team of nine bariatric surgeons and support staff who specialize in comprehensive weight loss and wellness for life. Founded in 2000 as an advanced bariatric surgery practice, they have offices in Covington, Lafayette, New Orleans, Slidell, and Gulfport, MS. To learn more about the surgeons, their services and free weekly seminars, please visit or, or call 877-691-3001.

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