Case Number 109001 - A Safer Way to Treat Obesity
Contact: Kellen Sensor
Bariatric surgery (also known as weight loss surgery) is performed on obese patients who are unable to reduce weight by dietary modifications or exercise regimens. Current bariatric surgical procedures predominantly involve removing a significant part of the stomach (such as Sleeve Gastrectomy), or partitioning the stomach with incisions and stapling. This may be achieved with or without the re-routing of the food pathway. Some of these techniques are irreversible, a fact which is troublesome in view of the increasingly younger population of potential patients. When reversible, these procedures involve a significant amount of dissection with risks of bleeding and delayed complications. There is also a possibility of gastric erosion, as in the case of gastric banding procedures.
A surgeon at the University of Cincinnati has designed a device that can overcome many of the shortcomings of current bariatric surgical procedures. The device is flexible and can be used to replace either of the currently used procedures.
The invention has the following advantages over current procedures:
Preservation of gastric integrity
Minimal surgical dissection and reduced operating time
Compatibility with a laparoscopic approach
Further information regarding this invention can be obtained under a Confidential Disclosure Agreement.