Surgical Procedures & Innovations Devices
Gastric Banding Options
The gastric band is placed around the upper part of the stomach.
A port accessible at the skin's surface allows for easy adjustment of band diameter on an outpatient basis.
The Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery uses LapBand® and Realize™ gastric banding systems.
Laparoscopically placed around the upper part of the stomach, the gastric band divides the stomach into a small upper pouch above the band and a larger pouch below the band.
The band is connected by a tube to a reservoir placed beneath the skin during surgery.
The surgeon or nurse practitioner can later control the amount of saline in the band by piercing the reservoir through the skin with a fine needle.
The ability to adjust the band is a unique feature of gastric banding and is a normal part of follow-up.
To find out more about these two bands and to take advantage of the tools and support that the manufacturers of each band provides for weight loss surgery patients, please go to www.LapBand.com and www.RealizeMySuccess.com.
StomaphyX is a tissue fastening system inserted through the mouth (endoscopically).
It is used for revision of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in patients who have regained weight due to a stretched stomach pouch or enlarged stomach outlet.
StomaphyX uses nonabsorbable SerosaFuse fastners, which may be removed or adjusted and are not likely to trap and compress nerves or vessels.
The internal anatomy is kept intact.
Because there are no internal incisions with the endoscopic method, benefits include lower risk, less pain, and faster recovery than with laparoscopic or open procedures.
TOGa Sleeve Stapler
Currently under investigation in clinical trials, the TOGa Sleeve Stapler enables surgeons to perform weight loss surgery without any incisions.
Comprised of a stapling mechanism attached to a flexible endoscopic tube, the device is inserted through the patient's mouth and into the stomach.
Observing through the endoscope, the surgeon collects tissue from the front and back of the stomach together.
With titanium staples, a sleeve-shaped pouch is created at the entry of the stomach.
The pouch collects food as it enters the stomach, giving patients a feeling of fullness after a small meal. Benefits of the procedure include lower risk, less pain, and faster recovery than with laparoscopic or open procedures.
The TOGa Sleeve Stapler, inserted into the stomach.
The instrument pulls the front and back of the stomach together to create a sleeve-shaped pouch.