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NorthShore University HealthSystem Only Hospital in the Region to Use Incisionless Procedure to Reduce Weight Regain
Date:3/6/2009

ess procedure, a small, flexible endoscope and surgical tools are inserted through the mouth and into the stomach pouch. The tools are used to grasp, fold and stitch tissue to reduce the diameter of the stomach opening and the volume of the stomach pouch. No cuts are made into the patient’s skin during the procedure.

“Surgeons do not have to work around or through scar tissue formed from the previous surgery,” Ujiki said. “Scar tissue can be very difficult to a surgeon and ultimately the patient, because it can lead to increased incidence of injury to nearby structures, decrease visualization, and make handling of the stomach difficult. Revising the gastric pouch through the mouth from the inside avoids these problems.”

Most patients will return home the same day of the surgery and return to work the next day. More than 15 million people in the United States suffer from severe obesity. Surgical treatment of obesity has increased significantly in recent years and it is estimated that over 125,000 patients today are candidates waiting for a revision procedure.

About NorthShore University HealthSystem

Headquartered in Evanston, Ill., NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the greater North Shore and northern Illinois communities. The system includes four Hospitals—Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, Highland Park Hospital and Skokie Hospital. In addition, the HealthSystem has more than 2,000 affiliated physicians, including a 550-physician, multispecialty physician group practice with over 70 office locations -- NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Group. Further, NorthShore is committed to excellence in its academic mission and supports teaching and research as the prin
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