Oct. 19, 2018 – Southeast Georgia Health System understands the importance
of ongoing training for its team members in order to keep pace with the
evolving field of medicine. On October 1, physicians and operating room
team members had the unique opportunity to practice using the OverStitch™
Endoscopic Suturing System thanks to a visit from the Apollo Mobile Learning Center.
Erica Stamp, R.N., operating room nurse, and
J. William Tsai, M.D., board-certified bariatric surgeon with
Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Glynn General & Vascular Surgery, were two of the many team members to take advantage of the training session.
“The innovative Overstitch system allows us to do multiple therapeutic
endoscopic and post-bariatric procedures here at the Health System, which
may have otherwise been referred elsewhere,” says Tsai. “It’s
less invasive than other procedures, which means the patients will experience
less pain and discomfort as well as a shorter recovery time.”
The innovative OverStitch system allows physicians to place full-thickness
sutures from a flexible endoscope. The new technology enables a secure
approximation of tissue endoscopically and a wide range of less invasive
solutions for physicians who treat defects in both the upper and lower
GI tract of their patients. Additionally, physicians are leveraging endoscopic
suturing to perform a variety of advanced bariatric procedures.