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September 16, 2008 10:44 ET

ORLive Presents: Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Gastrectomy

Live Webcast: From Vanderbilt University Medical Center: October 23, 2008 6:00 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - Surgeons at Vanderbilt Medical Center are hosting a live, one-hour webcast to demonstrate a new surgical weight loss procedure which has been proven to reduce appetite and provide for healthy weight loss for the obese.

The procedure, called laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is relatively new in the United States and is currently available to Middle Tennesseans at Vanderbilt.

Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically through five very small incisions. Sophisticated instruments and a small camera are inserted through these incisions to conduct the operation. The use of small incisions creates less tissue damage, fewer complications, and an earlier discharge from the hospital.

In this procedure, most of the stomach is removed and a vertical sleeve, or tube, is fashioned from the remaining stomach. The food goes through the stomach into the small intestine in a normal fashion. Since the stomach is so much smaller a much reduced portion size of food fills the patient up, leading to reduced food intake. The food does not bypass the intestines so there is no malabsorption created by this procedure. The production of the appetite hormone ghrelin is reduced since it is made by the stomach. The reduction of this hormone reduces hunger and contributes to the success of this procedure.

Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, has been shown to improve medical conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

For more information on surgical weight loss please visit the website of the Vanderbilt Center for Surgical Weight Loss at: www.VanderbiltWeightLossSurgery.com

To view a preview of this program and learn more visit OR-Live.

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