TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOWS US HOW YOUR NAVEL IS CHANGING A SURGERY MORE THAN HALF-A-MILLION PEOPLE UNDERGO EACH YEAR.
JANNETT MATTHEWS LOVES DOING THIS..
"It's hard but just to know I can do it is exciting."
SHE HATES THIS...
BUT SHE DOES IT ALL BECAUSE THIS IS HOW SHE USED TO LOOK. "I was at 280 pounds and decided that wasn't going to work for me."
WITH EXERCISE AND BARIATRIC SURGERY SHE LOST MORE THAN 100 POUNDS. AFTER THE RAPID SLIM DOWN HER GALLBLADDER WASN'T WORKING RIGHT.
"There were days when the pain was so bad, I just couldn't, didn't have the strength to train."
REMOVAL WAS HER BEST OPTION. SHE ALREADY HAD SEVERAL ABDOMINAL SCARS FROM HER WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND WASN'T LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE. THEN DOCTOR KEITH KIM TOLD HER WITH A ROBOT, AND JUST ONE CUT HE COULD...
"Do the entire surgery through the belly button."
HE SITS FEET AWAY FROM THE PATIENT AND USES A ROBOT TO CONTROL THE INSTRUMENTS. THE DOCTOR SAYS THE SINGLE INCISION LAPOROSCOPIC PROCEDURE APPROVED BY THE F-D-A LESS THAN A YEAR AGO, OFFERS SURGEONS BETTER ERGONOMICS, VISUALIZATION AND PRECISION.
"It minimizes the number of incisions but it also tries to hide that incision so there's very little residual scar left over after surgery."
HE SAYS BECAUSE THE INCISION IS ONLY AN INCH AND HIDDEN BY THE BELLY BUTTON, THE BIGGEST BENEFIT IS COSMETIC. BUT DOCTORS ALSO BELIEVE THE SINGLE INCISION SURGERY HELPS REDUCE RECOVERY TIME AND POST-OPERATIVE PAIN.
JANNETT SAYS AFTER HER SURGERY SHE WAS BACK HOME WITHIN HOURS AND BACK IN THE GYM IN THREE WEEKS.
"It's really exciting to see how far I've come."
PAIN-FREE AND SCAR-FREE SHE'S ONCE AGAIN DOING WHAT SHE LOVES AND HATES.
CANDIDATES FOR TRADITIONAL LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY USUALLY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS TO HAVE THE SINGLE PORT PROCEDURE.
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