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November 01, 2017 | 7:00AM - 8:00AM EDT

Sleeve gastrectomy challenges and the role of buttressing

Role of buttressing is changing with the evolution of bariatric surgery

With the evolution of surgical technique and product technology, surgeons have options to use different types of buttress material

Patient outcomes can be impacted by choice of buttressing material

Addressing bleeding and leaking along the staple line should be a prioirity to optimize patient outcomes in bariatric surgery

Future role of buttressing in sleeve gastrectomies

Future innovations, such as use of robotic surgery for sleeve gastrectomy, creates additional opportunities for efficiency in managing leakage at the staple line with buttress material.

Dr. Nagle:  Role of buttressing

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Dr. Alex Nagle, MD

Director of Bariatric Surgery, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

Alex Nagle, MD is in a fellowship at Northwestern University.  Dr. Nagle has published and spoken on the topic of laparoscopic bariatric surgery.  His particular research interests are in challenging patient cases in bariatric surgery.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Dovec, MD, FACS

Medical Director - GBMC Comprehesive Obesity Management Program Bariatrics & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, Maryland

Elizabeth A. Dovec, MD, FACS is part of the GBMC’s Comprehensive Obesity Management (COMP) Program.  She has performed over 2,500 bariatric surgeries at GBMC with exceptional results.

Dr. Christopher You, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Medical Director, Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. You is co-medical director of the comprehensive Robotic Surgery Program at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.