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New Surgery Offers Options for High-Risk Bariatric Patients

Temple bariatric surgeons Ian Soriano, MD, and John Meilahn, MD recently performed Temple University Hospital's first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a new procedure that offers the dramatic weight-loss benefits of gastric bypass surgery with fewer complications.

Dr. Soriano reports that the surgery was a success and the patient is doing well, having lost 40 lbs in 4 weeks.

At surgery, the stomach is reduced by about 80 to 85 percent into a narrow tube about 1/2 inch in diameter.

The surgery can be a "staged" intervention for high-risk, extremely obese patients (BMI > 60), followed by a gastric bypass later. It can also be a good fit for those who are not good candidates for gastric bypass or adjustable gastric banding because of previous surgery or other medical problems like Crohn's disease.

Patients usually lose 50 to 70 percent of their excess weight over a two-year period after surgery. The surgery enables patients to avoid having a foreign object implanted in their body - such as an adjustable gastric band - and carries a minimal risk of malabsorption - an inability to process nutrients - seen after gastric bypass surgery.

To register for a free informational seminar or to make an appointment for a consultation with a Temple bariatric surgeon, please click here or call 1-800-Temple-Med (1-800-836-7536).

Date Published: Monday, May 4, 2009