The "Scarless Surgery Revolution" has arrived!
The latest advancement in minimally invasive surgery is being perfromed by Dr. Edward Pucci, Dr. Richard Pucci, and Dr. Anthony Pucci. Using single incision laparoscopic surgery, also know as SILS, these surgeons are now performing surgery through one small incision in the belly button rather than the traditional 4 to 5 small incisions in the abdomen, in certain patients. "The benefit to patients includes the possible elimination of visible scars and less pain" says Dr. Edward Pucci, Director of Bariatric Surgery. "SILS is being used today to perform many common surgical procedures including gastric banding, gallbladder removal, appendix removal, kidney removal and many other procedures."
“The current revolution in minimally invasive surgery is to make it even better by decreasing the number of incisions” says Dr. Pucci. “The benefit of having a single incision hidden in the belly button is to have a better cosmetic result and a shortened recovery time. SILS surgery is seen as a bridge to natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery or “NOTES”. NOTES is currently experimental. With NOTES surgery via a natural orifice (i.e. mouth, rectum, or vagina) surgery can be performed leaving no scar. With this approach it is believed it will lead to zero recovery time.
Adjustable gastric banding is specially designed to limit food consumption in severely obese patients and now can be placed in some patients using the SILS technique. When placed around the patient's stomach, the saline-filled gastric band forms a small gastric pouch and stoma that restricts the amount of food patients can eat. Gastric band placement is a reversible operation that does not involve cutting or stapling of the stomach or altering of the intestines. The gastric band can be adjusted to control the amount of food a patient can comfortably consume. Gastric banding patients typically see a healthy 1-2 pound per week weight loss. 50-70% of excess weight is an average eventual weight loss after weight loss surgery.
Dr. Edward, Richard and Anthony Pucci are three brothers from Advanced Laparoscopic Specialists. Each surgeon has the highest training available in their specialty, having completed extensive fellowships in minimally invasive bariatric surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery found that experienced surgeons had significantly reduced bariatric surgery complication rates. As one of the nations leading Bariatric Programs, they are nationally recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
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