December 21, 2006 14:21 ET

ORLive Presents: Laparoscopic Weight-Loss Surgery a Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Weight Loss

Surgical Webcast: From Genesis Medical Center: January 17, 2007 at 7:00 PM CST (January 18, 2007 at 01:00 UTC)

DAVENPORT, IA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 21, 2006 -- Genesis Medical Center will be the first hospital in the Quad Cities region to host a webcast of a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The Roux-en-Y procedure, which, according to the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery is the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States, will be broadcast on at 7 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 17. The webcast will originate from Operating Room 11.

Matthew C. Christophersen, M.D., FACS, Medical Director of the Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery and a partner in the Davenport Surgical Group, will perform the procedure. He'll be assisted by Michael Phelps, M.D., Davenport Surgical Group. Teresa Fraker, Manager, Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery, will serve as moderator for the webcast. The patient is 47-year-old Tamara Shipman, a nurse supervisor for Great River Home Health Care and Hospice in West Burlington, Iowa.

The Roux-en-Y procedure reroutes a length of the small intestine to connect to a newly created stomach pouch. The rerouting bypasses a portion of the digestive system and promotes weight loss by limiting food intake and calorie absorption.

"The laparoscopic approach offers patients a number of benefits compared to the open method," said Dr. Christophersen. "Recovery time, discomfort and surgical wound complications are significantly reduced, and patients can return to normal, daily activities much faster."

The first laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in the Quad Cities was performed by Dr. Christophersen at Genesis in November 2004, and Genesis remains the only hospital in the Quad Cities where the procedure is done.

After years of battling her weight, Shipman is hoping that the life-changing surgery will give her a new lease on life and restore her to good health.

"In November 2005 I stopped smoking and gained 30-40 pounds," Shipman said. "Since then, I've been overwhelmed with physical symptoms. I haven't been feeling well. For years, I had never seen myself as a heavy person, but now the effects of my weight were in my face. When I got on the scale, I weighed 347 pounds and was horrified. It was a deciding factor."

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