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New Non-Invasive Weight-Loss Surgery Performed

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July 23, 2007
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Mercy Medical Center
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In the first operations of their kind in Northeastern USA, a bariatric surgery team has performed a unique non-invasive weight loss procedure that uses a new device that reduces the size of a patient's stomach without the need for any incisions. The StomaphyX(tm) procedure for endoluminal gastric pouch reduction is designed for patients with previous gastric bypass surgery.

In the first operations of their kind in Northeastern USA, a bariatric surgery team at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York has performed a unique non-invasive weight loss procedure that uses a new device that reduces the size of a patient’s stomach without the need for any incisions.

Shawn Garber, MD, Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Mercy, is one of the first five surgeons in the United States to learn the StomaphyX(tm) procedure for endoluminal gastric pouch reduction in patients with previous gastric bypass surgery.

The procedure was performed on July 18 on five patients who underwent laparoscopic gastric bypass in 2003 and had been gaining back some weight because of gradual expansion of their gastric pouches. All had their pouches successfully reduced using the new StomaphyX procedure.

“This is an important new option for the 15 to 20 percent of patients who gain weight a few years after undergoing bariatric surgery,” explained Dr. Garber, who heads the New York Bariatric Group. “Because it involves neither abdominal nor internal incisions, this technique is the least invasive, has the lowest risk, and allows patients to recover more quickly and return to their normal activities.”

Dr. Garber and his colleague, Spencer Holover, MD, have performed more than 2,000 weight loss surgeries with the specially-trained team at Mercy, which has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society For Bariatric Surgery.

“This dramatic advance is the future of bariatric surgery,” said Dr. Garber. “The endoluminal technique introduces the instrument that reduces the size of the stomach through the mouth, reducing the risk of infection from surgical incisions, preserving future treatment options, nearly eliminating pain for the patient, and requiring less recovery time than open or even minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures.”

Potential patients can learn about the new technique at Mercy Medical Center’s free monthly seminars on weight-loss surgery, which offer participants the opportunity to speak with bariatric surgeons and hear from patients first-hand about their experiences. Information and registration is available by calling 516-62MERCY (516-626-3729).


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