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100th “Belly Button” Bariatric SurgeryDr. Andrew Hargroder uses SPIDER Technology for Faster Recovery and Less Scarring

November 01, 2013

On November 4, 2013, Woman’s Hospital marked a milestone in weight loss surgery as Dr. Andrew Hargroder performs his 100th STARR Treatment gastric sleeve surgery using the SPIDER Surgical System. Surgical Tiny Access and Rapid Recovery (STARR) requires as few as two dime-size incisions through the belly button, creating both cosmetic and recovery improvements for gastric sleeve patients. Most minimally invasive techniques require four to six larger incisions on patients’ entire abdominal areas.

“We can perform gastric sleeve surgery with fewer incisions because the single SPIDER device contains all the instruments. The SPIDER is inserted nearly inside the belly button, and when the procedure is completed, the device is retracted through the same opening,” explains Dr. Hargroder.

Dr. Andrew Hargroder, one of only 10 surgeons in the country using the Spider system, performed his 100th surgery of this kind at Woman’s.

This extraordinarily minimally invasive surgery allows patients to return more rapidly to daily routines and to experience less pain and scarring. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Andrew Hargroder is one of only 10 surgeons in the country, and the only Louisiana surgeon, using the SPIDER technology for bariatric surgery.

Ideal candidates for the STARR surgery include women with a BMI of 30 and above. As with any surgical procedure, risks are present, and patients should speak with Dr. Hargroder about what to expect in terms of the surgery, incisions, and recovery time.

What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a procedure in which 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 remaining tube-shaped stomach is sealed closed with staples.

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