Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Surgeon Treating Obesity with Unique
July 5, 2006
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LUBBOCK – Americans are becoming increasingly overweight and according to the National
Institutes of Health, 61 percent of adults are overweight or obese. This trend is
turning many Americans to search for ways to lose weight.
E. Eldo Frezza, M.D., director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Texas
Tech University Health Sciences Center, performs a new procedure that may help individuals
who are severely overweight.
Currently there are a number of bariatric procedures to treat morbid obesity. Laparoscopic
gastric banding or LGB was thought to be superior because it does not require cutting
and sewing of intestinal parts. But Frezza said many patients average a smaller amount
of weight loss.
“The morbidly obese patient would then have to have a second procedure called the
sleeve gastrectomy which normally would serve as a first step before biliopancreatic
diversion,” Frezza said. “Our LGB patients complained that, in the first six months,
their weight loss was not a good as those achieved by those who had undergone gastric
bypass. In order to achieve the best results of these procedures, the LGB and SG were
combined into a single operation: gastric banding and stomach reduction or GBSR.”
Frezza, who is only one of three in the world who provides this procedure, accepted
and invitation by the 10th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery to present his abstract,
“Combined Laparoscopic Gastric Banding and Stomach Reduction for Super Obese Patients
Unlikely to Benefit from Gastric Banding or Sleeve Resection Alone” in Berlin in Sept.
of this year. He said his patients have had success with weight loss.
“Patients also see fewer complications with this procedure. There is a decrease in
filling of the band which means less visits for follow up. A patient has their filling
4 to 6 months later and also sees more weight loss,” Frezza said.
“This is beneficial for many of my patients who travel from across the state and New
Mexico to have the procedure done. It saves them on health complications as well as
expenses from traveling and missing more work.”
Frezza said the GBSR should be considered as a procedure for morbidly obese patients
who are unlikely to benefit from either laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable
gastric banding alone. Frezza is also leading a national and international group
who are studying this procedure closely.
“Patients who have this procedure done are discharged from the hospital in one day,
suffer fewer complications and lose more weight in the first 6 months,” Frezza said.
“As a surgeon, with the health consequences a morbidly obese person can begin to suffer,
I would like to get the patient the best procedure possible to get them on track to
better overall health.”