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BACKGROUND & AIMS Transoral esophagogastric fundoplication (TF) can decrease or eliminate features of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in some patients whose symptoms persist despite proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. We performed a prospective, sham-controlled trial to determine if TF reduced troublesome regurgitation to a greater extent than PPIs(More)
Many surgeons attempting Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site (LESS) cholecystectomy have found the operation difficult, which is inconsistent with our experience. This article is an attempt to promote a standardized approach that we feel surgeons with laparoscopic skills can perform safely and efficiently. This is a four-trocar approach consistent with the four(More)
BACKGROUND Gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding currently are the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries. The results are encouraging for most patients, but some patients have a better experience than others. This report aims to define differences between those who succeeded and those that failed to lose significant excessive weight after(More)
BACKGROUND Saline-filled intragastric balloon devices are reversible endoscopic devices designed to occupy stomach volume and reduce food intake. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a dual balloon system plus diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity compared to diet and exercise alone. SETTING Academic and community practice,(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate if women in the general population are aware of the relationship between obesity and cancer risk, and to identify groups who may benefit from educational programs. METHODS A self-administered survey was distributed to women in the Houston community. The questions were taken from a bank of validated questions published by the Center(More)
Adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is quickly becoming the most popular bariatric operation performed in the United States and Canada. Patients are particularly fond of the simplicity of the tool, the relatively low morbidity of the surgery, the quick recovery, and overall results. The gastric band has evolved over its 35-year history into a very successful(More)
OBJECTIVE The study objective was to define muscle metabolic and cardiovascular changes after surgical intervention in clinically severe obese patients. METHODS Obesity is a state of metabolic dysregulation that can lead to maladaptive changes in heart and skeletal muscle, including insulin resistance and heart failure. In a prospective longitudinal(More)
BACKGROUND The da Vinci robotic laparoscopic incisional hernia repair with intracorporeal closure of the fascial defect and circumferential suturing of the mesh may offer an alternative to current fascial closure and transabdominal sutures and tackers. METHODS From 2009 to 2011, a retrospective review of 13 patients with a mean age of 51 years, median(More)
The aim of this study was to assess prospectively 2-year outcomes of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) in a multicenter setting. A 14-center U.S. registry was designed to evaluate the effects of the TIF 2.0 procedure on chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in over 100 patients. Primary outcome was symptom assessment. Secondary outcomes(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that patients who have previously had bariatric surgery and are undergoing revision to laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass would have abnormal findings detected by upper endoscopy that could potentially influence patient management. The procedures that are being revised include vertical banded gastroplasty,(More)