The Emerging Field of Endoluminal and Transgastric Bariatric Surgery
Gastrointestinal endoluminal technology is emerging as the next major revolution in minimally invasive surgery. A similar trend is already well underway in vascular surgery with the widespread endoluminal vascular therapy. The endoluminal approach to bariatric surgery will have numerous advantages. These techniques will potentially be performed as outpatient procedures without the need for skin incisions or general anesthesia and they may reduce the risk, discomfort, and cost of bariatric procedures. Innovative devices have been developed and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and they may be adapted as, or lead to, new devices that can be used for weight loss procedures. This chapter reviews endoluminal technologies currently in development, preliminary clinical and preclinical data describing their use in bariatric applications, and the future of endoluminal bariatric surgery.
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Sleeve Gastrectomy Intragastric Balloon BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon
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