May 24, 2006
Diana Gonzalez , NBC News
Miami -- For some people fighting the war of the waistline, a new weight loss surgery may be the answer. This easier, safer surgery is showing some amazing results.
Dr. Antonio Muina tipped the scales at 315 pounds. "I was extremely overweight. I had tried to lose weight for many, many Years."
Dr. Muina has lost 100 pounds since September. And no, he did not have gastric bypass, for good reasons. "I was pretty familiar with the gastric bypass because I see a lot of patients that have had bypasses, and I see them for the complications, And, you know, I just wasn't real thrilled about having that procedure."
Instead he had a new type of weight loss surgery gaining momentum in the Last year. It's called the gastric sleeve, because of how your stomach will look. "I just ate too much, and I ate too much because I was hungry. And this procedure to me, I looked at it as sort of forced portion Control."
That's accomplished by removing a large portion of the stomach. "With the sleeve you're actually taking out, you know, two-thirds to Three-fourths of the stomach," says Moises Jacobs, M.D., "With the bypass you're leaving it in place. Basically we're creating a tube out of the stomach, which is right here, by using staplers. And this portion of the stomach that has been stapled out, is removed."
With a smaller stomach, patients eat less. And there's another benefit, "Number two, the hormones that control the appetite are created in this portion of the stomach over here," said Dr. Jacobs, "And by taking out that portion of the stomach you reduce the patient's appetite."
With gastric bypass a lot of the digestive plumbing is rerouted, and that results in a higher rate of serious complications including: Gastrointestinal leaking, bowel obstruction and death.
That's why Mary Camejo bypassed a bypass for a sleeve. "I don't think I was at that stage where I wanted something so invasive. And this option for gastric sleeve, It opened up a whole new avenue for me."
Mary's surgery was done in about an hour, Laproscopically, with no Large incision. In five weeks she's lost 20 pounds.
Right now this Procedure is only being done in a few centers across the country. "It's becoming very, very popular amongst the surgeons in these specialized centers because of the low risks and the great results that we're getting," Dr. Jacobs said.