For the first time ever, Dr. Paul Cirangle will be taking questions via Twitter throughout the procedure on May 19, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. PDT
Online PR News – 17-May-2012 – San Francisco, California – Forget watching a surgery on YouTube. Dr. Paul T. Cirangle will not only be broadcasting a weight loss surgery this Saturday, May 19, he will also be taking questions via Twitter throughout the procedure. Starting at 8:00am PST, the viewer will watch the first ever play-by-play of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure as well as interact with the surgeon.
“This Saturday, we will be performing a live vertical sleeve gastrectomy on a woman suffering from obesity whose objective is to improve her health and quality of life. The goal of the live broadcast with a Twitter feed is to chronicle exactly what happens between the patient going to sleep and waking up,” Dr. Cirangle states. “By showing people exactly what a vertical sleeve gastrectomy consists of, my hope is to educate people, as well as answer questions that patients would not normally have the oppurtunity to ask. People are always amazed when they see how the stomach is removed through the tiny incision.” Dr. Cirangle planned the broadcast to coincide with the annual Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA) meeting to allow the attendees to view and interact throughout the weight loss surgery.
The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy consists of mainly three points: isolating the stomach, creating a template for the new gastric pouch, and cutting and removing 90% of it. This is all done laparoscopically and involves five small incisions. Although in theory the gastric sleeve seems like a simple surgery, the surgeon’s experience and skill are key to a safe and successful operation. Dr. Cirangle has the largest case series of vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures in the world and according to his statistics on Obesity Help, his complication rate is extremely low-less than 0.08%.
Although watching a live surgery-complete with seeing 90% of the human stomach removed-is amazing, the real story takes place after the surgery. Patients are desperate to improve their quality of life after living with diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, back pain, and acid reflux. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy provides a new lease on life. Most patients lose ½-1 pound per day following surgery, discontinue their diabetes medications immediately and are able to sleep at night without the aid of a CPAP machine. “Most patients tell me that their biggest regret about weight loss surgery is waiting so long to have it,” says Dr. Cirangle. “One of my favorite patient letters is from a young lady in her 20’s. She was missing out on a wonderful time in her life because she was so debilitated from her obesity. She underwent a VG and subsequently lost over 100 pounds in under a year. Her letter read ‘The only regret I have had is not having the procedure sooner. I couldn't have possibly imagined the wonderful life that was waiting for me under all of that body.’ The amazing part of the weight loss surgery process isn’t what I do in the operating room, it’s seeing patients get their lives back.”
The live weight loss surgery and Twitter feed can be viewed side-by-side on the LapSF live surgery page. Follow the Twittercast @lapsfdrcirangle and #livevsg.
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