Health Watch - Weight Loss: Surgery

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing weight. Eating less and exercising more are key to losing weight, but people who are extremely obese may need extra assistance, such as bariatric surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food that can be consumed. New techniques may allow this surgery to leave fewer scars.

Even laparoscopic surgery requires about five incisions, but single-incision surgery is now an option. With a single incision, there’s less pain, lower risk for complications, lower risk for infection and a faster recovery. Dr. Edward Livingston, a gastrointestinal surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says when you’re considering single-incision bariatric surgery, you should look for a surgeon with experience in the technique. The field is relatively new, and it requires special skills.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in bariatrics.


October 2009

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