New procedure to eat less, lose weight

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July 16, 2009 8:39:10 AM PDT
Weight loss is a national obsession -- diet, exercise, pills ans surgery. But most surgeries leave scars. Now some doctors are testing a weight loss surgery that doesn't leave a mark.For most people, it's a rather simple equation - the more food you eat, the more weight you gain. Perhaps fitting, a new type of obesity operation starts with the mouth.

dr. edward phillips/surgeon "Toga surgery is a trans-oral...inside the stomach

It's called TOGA, or trans-oral gastroplasty. It involves surgeons putting a camera and a staple gun down a patient's esophagus and making a small sleeve inside the stomach. Large food takes longer to digest, eventually leading to weight loss in most patients.

dr. edward phillips/surgeon "The procedure takes about an hour...done as an outpatient.

It's weight-loss surgery with less recovery time and no scars. But some surgeons are more cautious.

dr. john sweeney/surgeon "I think it's really interesting...be successful long-term.

Restrictive operations like TOGA and laparoscopic banding, or "lap band," tend to wear out over time, which means weight gain for some patients. The TOGA procedure has done well in clinical trials, but experts say more long-term data is definitely needed.


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