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Georgia Coast Surgical Performs First Incisionless Surgical Correction of Failed Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG)
Date:5/4/2009

Scar-Free Procedure Offers First Viable Revision Option to Patients with Unsuccessful VBG

BRUNSWICK, Ga., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Coast Surgical's Peter Henderson, MD, has become the first surgeon in the United States to use incisionless surgery techniques and tools to correct a failed vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG). Dr. Henderson, who operates at the Southeast Georgia Health System Bariatric Care Center, completed the first of this type of incisionless procedure on April 27th. Surgeon Harold L. Kent, M.D. assisted Dr. Henderson with the procedure.

VBG was the most common type of "restrictive" obesity surgery performed in the 1980s and 1990s. This procedure has been largely abandoned due to disappointing results with respect to weight regain and a high rate of complications.

"This incisionless revision procedure offers a second chance to many of the thousands of patients who have struggled following ineffective VBGs," Dr. Henderson said. "Prior to emergence of incisionless surgery techniques for bariatrics, these patients could choose either to do nothing and watch their health decline as they regained weight, or undergo painful, complex revision surgeries that carry significant risk because of the scar tissue buildup from their original surgery. Typically, a traditional VBG revision involves a long painful incision in the abdomen and weeks of recovery.

"By eliminating skin incisions and the tedious dissection of scar tissue in the abdomen, this new incisionless approach reduces the risk of a traditional VBG revision," Dr. Henderson explained. "Additionally, this, like other incisionless methods, may provide additional important advantages over open or laparoscopic procedures including reduced risk of infection and associated complications, less post-operative pain, faster recovery time and no abdominal scars."

Henderson and his colleagues at Georgia Coast Surgical
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