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    Monday, September 21, 2009

    STRIDES IN INCISION-LESS OPERATIONS NAMED “NOTES” USE MOUTH, OTHER ORIFICES, TO ACCESS PATIENTS' INTERNAL ORGANS

    Accessing internal organs via the body's natural orifices is the newest trend in minimally invasive surgery. And surgeons around the world are developing innovative ways to use body openings in the hope surgical patients will have less pain, a faster recovery and no scars. At an international gastroenterology conference in Chicago, surgeons unveiled the newest no-scar surgical procedures, from incision-less weight-loss surgeries to vaginal appendectomies.

    One of the experimental weight-loss surgeries, uses a stapling device that snakes down a patient's throat and into the stomach. A vacuum brings the sides of the stomach together, which the surgeon then staples together. The narrower stomach is supposed to make patients feel full faster, and help curb their appetite.

    The vagina was the body opening of choice for a team from the University of California San Diego that is also investigating no-scar weight-loss surgery. For this procedure, with the help of two small abdominal incisions, surgeons remove 70 per cent of a patient's stomach through the vagina. The team has only tried the procedure on two patients, but the surgical team called it a "viable option" for morbidly obese patients."Compared to traditional laparoscopic techniques in which patients experience a high incidence of infections and hernias, the results so far indicate this procedure accelerates weight loss while minimizing adverse events," he said in a release.

    But, most no-scar surgeries remain experimental because technology has not yet caught up with surgeons' ambitions.Surgeons, when they use these techniques, don't have the same level of precision as they would have in a standard laparoscopic or open surgery. And since less precision means more risks, most surgeons say the benefits currently don't outweigh the risks.

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