Thursday, September 4, 2008

Surgery without Surgery, like Liposuction without Suction

There's a new way to lose weight through a medical procedure that is kind of like the old ways of stomach stapling and gastric bypass, but with some new techniques. Cedars-Sinai hospital was successful in performing a transoral gastroplasty, going into the patient's mouth and down the throat to alter the stomachs of two patients.

The idea is that if the stomach is made smaller, the stomach feels more full after eating less food. This has been around for a while, but they are calling this new method a non-surgical procedure that won't involve incisions. I don't know about you, but if I've got a bunch of doctors ramming specialized instruments down my throat to change the shape of my stomach, I'm sure as hell going to call it surgery regardless of what technicalities they want to use for the definition of the term.

This is similar to the external-incision-free surgery that they have been performing to remove gallbladders, etc. Does anyone else find it odd that they have only been testing this internally invasive procedure on women so far?

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