Single Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy - A Breakthrough

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on January 25th, 2013 in Weight Loss

The Marina Weight Management Center 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.

Spider Laparoscopic Surgical System Providing the STARR Treatment

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, which is an acronym for "Surgical Tiny Access and Rapid Recovery", is a state-of-the-art, micro-laparoscopic technique, that allows your surgery to be performed through one tiny, barely visible incision.

Minimally invasive bariatric surgeries have a variety of advantages, including:

  • minimal invasiveness
  • reduced abdominal wall complications
  • less postoperative pain
  • shorter hospital stay
  • excellent aesthetic results
  • rapid recovery
  • maximum total weight loss

What You Can Expect When You Undergo Laparoscopic Surgery Using the Spider System

Unlike conventional rigid laparoscopic surgery, patients who have the STARR Treatment often only require a single incision, allowing them to return to their normal lives faster. An extremely small incision - about 18mm - is made inside the patient’s belly button where a slim metal tube containing several flexible instruments and a laparoscopic camera is inserted.

Once inside, this array of instruments emerges from the business end of the tube and folds open like a miniature umbrella, creating room at the surgical site for the surgeon to manipulate them so that they bend and move in a wide range of motion. Your surgeon that is performing the procedure can manipulate these instruments with a remarkable 360-degree range of motion. When the procedure is complete, the tools and camera fold back up into the tube which is then removed through the same tiny incision.

Single-Incision Gastric Sleeve Procedure at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital we provide a single-incision laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, with minimal post-surgery discomfort, pain, and shorter recovery time. Considering the importance of surgical treatment for obesity in patients who experience life-threatening obesity-induced health conditions, we offer a variety of ways to help you regain your health and improve your quality of life.

If you feel you are a candidate for the STARR Treatment for your bariatric surgery, please schedule a consultation with one of our bariatric specialists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.