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Lexington Medical Center Advances Healthcare in S.C.

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

One of my firm’s clients, Lexington Medical Center, once again advanced the field of medicine in South Carolina by performing the state’s first incisionless surgery earlier this week.

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a physician practice affiliated with Lexington Medical Center, performed its first ROSE procedure at Lexington Medical Center this week.  ROSE stands for Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endoscopic.  This procedure is for patients who have gained weight back after gastric bypass surgery.  Currently, only approximately 30 facilities in the United States offer this treatment.

During ROSE, the surgeon inserts an endoscope through the patient’s mouth into the stomach pouch.  The doctor then creates folds to make the stomach pouch smaller.  Because there are no external cuts into the body, the procedure offers the advantages of reduced risk of infection, less post-operative pain, faster recovery time and no scars.  The treatment can be especially important in South Carolina, which ranks 5th in the nation for obesity.

Dr. Marc Antonetti and Dr. Glen Strickland of the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center completed special training to do the ROSE procedure at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas earlier this year.  Each procedure takes about 1 ½ hours.  Patients may be in the hospital less than one day.  The ideal candidate is someone who had gastric bypass two years ago, lost greater than 50% of their excess weight and regained greater than 10%.

Some patients regain weight after gastric bypass surgery because of gradual enlargement of the surgically altered small stomach pouch.  In weight loss surgery, the stomach pouch is made very small, which creates a feeling of fullness after just a small volume of food is eaten.  When the pouch gradually enlarges, the feeling of fullness is no longer present, patients can eat larger meals and weight regain occurs.

Before the ROSE procedure, patients who regained weight after gastric bypass surgery had few treatment options.  Scarring from the initial procedure made revision surgery challenging, with longer recovery time and an increased risk for complications.

Doctors say similar incisionless surgery may have future application for gall bladder surgery and appendectomies. Congratulations to my friends at Lexington Medical Center for once again advancing healthcare within the state of South Carolina. To visit Lexington Medical Center’s blog, go to www.lexmed.tv.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

One of my firm’s clients, Lexington Medical Center, once again advanced the field of medicine in South Carolina by performing the state’s first incisionless surgery earlier this week.

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a physician practice affiliated with Lexington Medical Center, performed its first ROSE procedure at Lexington Medical Center this week.  ROSE stands for Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endoscopic.  This procedure is for patients who have gained weight back after gastric bypass surgery.  Currently, only approximately 30 facilities in the United States offer this treatment.

During ROSE, the surgeon inserts an endoscope through the patient’s mouth into the stomach pouch.  The doctor then creates folds to make the stomach pouch smaller.  Because there are no external cuts into the body, the procedure offers the advantages of reduced risk of infection, less post-operative pain, faster recovery time and no scars.  The treatment can be especially important in South Carolina, which ranks 5th in the nation for obesity.

Dr. Marc Antonetti and Dr. Glen Strickland of the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center completed special training to do the ROSE procedure at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas earlier this year.  Each procedure takes about 1 ½ hours.  Patients may be in the hospital less than one day.  The ideal candidate is someone who had gastric bypass two years ago, lost greater than 50% of their excess weight and regained greater than 10%.

Some patients regain weight after gastric bypass surgery because of gradual enlargement of the surgically altered small stomach pouch.  In weight loss surgery, the stomach pouch is made very small, which creates a feeling of fullness after just a small volume of food is eaten.  When the pouch gradually enlarges, the feeling of fullness is no longer present, patients can eat larger meals and weight regain occurs.

Before the ROSE procedure, patients who regained weight after gastric bypass surgery had few treatment options.  Scarring from the initial procedure made revision surgery challenging, with longer recovery time and an increased risk for complications.

Doctors say similar incisionless surgery may have future application for gall bladder surgery and appendectomies. Congratulations to my friends at Lexington Medical Center for once again advancing healthcare within the state of South Carolina. To visit Lexington Medical Center’s blog, go to www.lexmed.tv.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

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