Health Watch — Weight Loss: Simplifying Surgery

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 This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about weight loss, whether to lose a few pounds with simple lifestyle adjustments or to lose hundreds of pounds with the help of surgery. While bariatric surgery to make the stomach smaller is still a major step to take for weight loss, surgical techniques are improving to make the surgery less complicated.

Surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have performed Lap-Band surgery using just one incision. Normally, this procedure requires eight small incisions. Dr. Daniel Scott, director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, says the idea is that with fewer incisions, there’s less pain and a shorter recovery time. There are also fewer scars. Doctors use a special camera that allows them to see around obstructions when it’s inserted through the incision and special instruments with curved tips to perform the surgery.

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August 2008

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