SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

December 11, 2008 15:13 ET

OR-Live Presents: Webcast Featuring Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

From the Bariatric Center at Saint Francis Hospital: January 7, 2009 at 9:00 AM EST

HARTFORD, CT--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) - The Bariatric Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is proud to offer a web cast featuring Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery.

Director of Bariatric Surgery, Ioannis Raftopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., performs the surgery with commentary provided by Jeffrey Steinberg, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Saint Francis.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery is the most common weight loss surgery performed in the U.S. today. Using leading-edge technology, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery is now performed with a laparoscopic approach. This involves the use of "key-hole" rather than large incisions, as was traditionally required resulting in a quicker recovery time. At the Bariatric Center at Saint Francis, the laparoscopic approach has been successful in all our gastric bypass patients.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery helps patients to lose weight through malabsorption, reducing the body's ability to absorb calories and nutrients from food; and through restriction, limiting the amount of food a person can eat. Malabsorption is achieved by rerouting food past a large part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine. To restrict food intake, a small stomach pouch is created with the use of special stapling devices.

According to Dr. Raftopoulos, and based on outcomes at the Bariatric Center at Saint Francis, patients are expected to lose up to 100 percent of their excess weight after Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass without weight regain, as long as compliance to medical follow-up, nutritional and lifestyle recommendations is maintained.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery has also been shown to improve or resolve several other medical conditions such as hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, acid reflux disease, urinary stress incontinence, infertility and fatty liver disease.

For more information on Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery as well as other weight loss procedures, please visit the website of the Bariatric Center at Saint Francis at www.stfranciscare.com or call 1-800-642-9230.

About Saint Francis Hospital

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.

About OR-Live

OR-Live is the world's leading surgical broadcasting company, providing communication solutions to hospitals, device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies that demonstrate, communicate, and educate the latest clinical and technological advances in surgery to surgeons, physicians, allied health professionals, and consumers. The OR-Live broadcasting network provides an intimate look at over 600 live and on-demand surgeries to a global audience, streaming over 23,000 hours of programming each month. The OR-Live network can be found on-line at www.OR-Live.com.

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