Health System Offers Incision-less Procedure to Reduce Weight Regain

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 17, 2008 – Every year more than 100,000 patients in the United States undergo gastric bypass surgery for the treatment of obesity. Experience now shows approximately 20 percent of these patients will regain weight within a few years of the surgery, due to stretching of the stomach, and will be at renewed risk for diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The Bariatric Care Center at Southeast Georgia Health System now offers a new incision-free procedure to reverse weight gain after gastric bypass surgery called “ROSE” (Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal).

“To date, procedures to revise gastric bypass surgeries have been expensive and difficult to perform, effectively leaving patients without any treatment options,” says Peter Henderson, MD, director, Bariatric Care Center. “Now, with this procedure, we have a dramatically less invasive way to correct a key cause of weight regain.”

Henderson performed Southeast Georgia’s first ROSE on Feb. 23, 2009. During the procedure, a small, flexible endoscope and surgical tools are inserted through the mouth and into the stomach pouch to reduce the size of a patient’s stomach pouch and the opening to the small intestine to help patients achieve weight loss again.

The tools, developed by USGI Medical Inc., are used to grasp, fold, and stitch tissue to reduce the diameter of the stomach opening and the volume of the stomach pouch. No cuts are made into the patient’s skin during the procedure. By eliminating skin incisions, this minimally invasive procedure offers important advantages to patients including reduced risk of infection, less post-operative pain, faster recovery time, and no abdominal scars.

Ideal candidates for the surgery are patients who were initially successful losing weight after their gastric bypass and now are regaining weight. After an initial screening, patients undergo a series of evaluations including nutritional and dietary counseling, a full medical exam, and endoscopy.

The Health System’s Bariatric Care Center makes a long-term commitment to patients’ health and guides them from pre-surgery consultation and testing through surgery, recovery and continuing support. The program specializes in laparoscopic weight-loss surgery, including adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass, and Gastric Sleeve Resection. To learn more about ROSE, as well as other procedures and services offered at the Bariatric Care Center, call 912-466-7428 or visit www.sghs.com/bariatrics.