Single Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy - A Breakthrough

January 25th, 2013 - Posted to Weight Loss

Marina Weight Loss has begun performing a new kind of procedure: the single-incision sleeve gastrectomy utilizing the “STARR” treatment — a sophisticated system that makes surgery even less invasive and scarring barely visible.

The STARR Treatment is a system that uses a single-incision laparoscopic surgery system, called SPIDER.

What this means is that instead of performing gastric sleeve surgery through several small slits in the abdomen, the doctor only needs to make one tiny incision in the abdomen.

What's more, this incision is normally in or near the navel, so many patients can't even see their scars and others can’t tell they’ve had surgery. No wonder we're so excited to bring this to Los Angeles.

How Does it Work?

SPIDER is a small wand, about the width of a dime, that contains all the tools a surgeon needs to perform gastric sleeve surgery. The surgeon inserts the wand into the single incision, and the tools "fan out," expanding like an umbrella. The difference is clear. Previous single-incision systems involved manipulating several instruments in a tight space; while this was reliable, the surgeon generally needed to take more time with each operation. The SPIDER, by contrast, is easier to manipulate.

STARR stands for "Surgical Tiny Access, Rapid Recovery," and it's easy to see why. With one small incision, pain is potentially much less than with several incisions. Recovery time, too, may be shorter.