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Genesis to Webcast Laparoscopic Weight-Loss Surgery

The Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery features a multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss.
January 17, 2007
at 7:00 PM CST
(January 18, 2007 at 01:00 UTC)
From Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA

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Davenport, IA --- Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, will be the first hospital in the Quad Cities region to host an Internet webcast of a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The Roux-en-Y procedure, which, according to the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery is the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States, will be broadcast over the Internet at 7 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 17. The surgical webcast will originate from Operating Room 11 at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street.

Matthew C. Christophersen, M.D., FACS, Medical Director of the Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery and a partner in the Davenport Surgical Group, will perform the procedure. He'll be  MORE...

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Davenport, IA --- Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, will be the first hospital in the Quad Cities region to host an Internet webcast of a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The Roux-en-Y procedure, which, according to the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery is the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States, will be broadcast over the Internet at 7 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 17. The surgical webcast will originate from Operating Room 11 at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street.

Matthew C. Christophersen, M.D., FACS, Medical Director of the Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery and a partner in the Davenport Surgical Group, will perform the procedure. He'll be assisted by Michael Phelps, M.D., Davenport Surgical Group. Teresa Fraker, Manager, Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery, will serve as moderator for the webcast. The patient is 47-year-old Tamara Shipman, a nurse supervisor for Great River Home Health Care and Hospice in West Burlington, Iowa.

The Roux-en-Y procedure reroutes a length of the small intestine to connect to a newly created stomach pouch. The rerouting bypasses a portion of the digestive system and promotes weight loss by limiting food intake and calorie absorption.

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y does not require opening the abdomen of the patient with a single, long incision. It is performed using five or six small incisions, called ports, of one inch or less in length on the abdomen. The surgeon's tools and the camera are inserted through the ports.

"The laparoscopic approach offers patients a number of benefits compared to the open method," said Dr. Christophersen. "Recovery time, discomfort and surgical wound complications are significantly reduced, and patients can return to normal, daily activities much faster."

The first laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in the Quad Cities was performed by Dr. Christophersen at Genesis in November 2004, and Genesis remains the only hospital in the Quad Cities where the procedure is done.

After years of battling her weight, Shipman, who is married with two teen-age daughters, is hoping that the life-changing surgery will give her a new lease on life and restore her to good health.

"In November 2005 I stopped smoking and gained 30-40 pounds," Shipman said. "Since then, I've been overwhelmed with physical symptoms. I have sleep apnea; horrible back and neck pain; extremely high cholesterol; and high blood sugars. I haven't been feeling well. For years, I had never seen myself as a heavy person, but now the effects of my weight were in my face.

"In June, I went to a pulmonologist for shortness of breath even though I had stopped smoking. When I got on the scale, I weighed 347 pounds and was horrified. It was a deciding factor."

The Genesis Center for Bariatric Surgery features a multi-disciplinary approach to surgical weight loss. Patients in the Genesis program attend an introductory education class, followed by consultations with the surgeon, nursing staff, pharmacist, dietician, physical therapist and recreational therapist. Psychological evaluations and consultations are done through Psychology Associates, an affiliate of Genesis Health System. Only gastric bypass patients who follow the pre-surgery requirements are scheduled for surgery.

The laparoscopic Roux–en-Y gastric bypass is the second of four different surgical procedures Genesis plans to webcast with OR-Live before July 1, 2007.

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