May 17, 2010
INTRODUCING POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endoluminal)
POSE is a type of restrictive surgery that reduces the stomach’s capacity through the use of a flexible tube that is inserted into the mouth to reach the stomach. Because POSE is an incision-free procedure, it offers several benefits including reduced risk of infection, shorter recovery periods, and no visible scarring. Though long-term results are not yet available, doctors believe POSE will be an effective surgical option for patients who need to lose between 50 and 100 pounds.
Incision free weight loss surgery is performed under general anesthesia entirely through the patient’s mouth without any external incisions into the body. In addition to the absence of visible scars, this technique results in fewer complications, less trauma, and shorter recovery time. The procedure uses a flexible tube with multiple channels for surgical instruments. The surgeon advances the tube and a small endoscope – a video camera so that the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor – through the patient’s mouth, into the stomach. The surgeon then inserts the surgical tools through the channels of the tube to grasp the stomach tissue and create suture folds in the stomach to reduce its volume capacity in the case of the POSE procedure.
POSE is still very new and so long term results are as yet unavailable. However, if the promise of the incision free surgical procedure of reduced complications and faster recovery times holds true, incision free surgery could significantly expand the number of patients who are able to undergo weight loss surgery.
POSE will soon be available in the UK. To find out if it might be right for you, contact Dr Elliot Goodman (Centre for Endoscopic Surgery, Nuffield Leeds Hospital) @ 0800 0988 435.