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“Belly Button” Bariatric SurgerySTARR Treatment for Gastric Sleeve Patients using SPIDER Technology

Woman’s is now offering gastric sleeve surgery with as few as two dime size incisions, through the belly button. It’s called the STARR Treatment (Surgical Tiny Access and Rapid Recovery), and it’s both a cosmetic and recovery improvement for patients. Performed by bariatric surgeon Dr. Andrew Hargroder, this extraordinarily minimally invasive surgery uses the SPIDER Surgical System for less pain, ability to return rapidly to daily routines and the least amount of scarring. Hargroder is currently the only Louisiana surgeon using the SPIDER technology for bariatric surgery. Dr. Hargroder performed 100th surgery with Spider Surgical Device.

“The STARR Treatment allows us to perform gastric sleeve surgery just with fewer incisions. Two small incisions nearly inside the belly button allow the SPIDER device, which contains all the instruments, to be inserted. When the procedure is completed, the device is retracted through the same opening,” explains Dr. Hargroder. Typically, Hargroder will make an additional 3 millimeter left lateral incision. Most minimally invasive techniques require multiple, usually 4 to 6, larger incisions on your entire abdominal areas.

Ideal candidates for the STARR surgery include women with a BMI of 30 and above. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Patients should speak with Dr. Hargroder about those risks and what they should expect individually in terms of the surgery, incisions, and recovery time. Dr. Hargroder may utilize more than these two incisions if deemed necessary during the surgical procedure.

What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a procedure where a bariatric surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. This operation is performed laparoscopically to remove part of the stomach. The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples.


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