Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 7, 2009 Bariatric surgeon Dr. Sashi Ganta, one of the first surgeons in America to perform the single incision lapband surgery with trans-umbilical approach, has completed his 25th procedure. Dr. Ganta pioneered this new technique, which involves complete navigation and placement of the LAP-BAND® via the belly button leaving no visible scars on the abdomen.
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is an advanced approach in which the surgeon operates exclusively through a single entry point instead of the typical five or more incisions. There are several techniques for single incision gastric band placement and most of them utilize a two-inch incision on the abdominal wall that is visible. Dr. Ganta’s technique utilizes a single incision in the umbilicus which leaves no visible scar on the patient’s abdomen.
Dr. Ganta is one of the first bariatric surgeons in the U.S. to use this almost scarless approach for the LAP-BAND® placement. Very few surgeons in the nation offer the single incision technique for placing the LAP-BAND® or the REALIZE Band as a weight loss surgery option. Only a handful of bariatric surgeons offer a true umbilical approach with no visible scars.
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery leaves the patient with less scarring and though not yet proven in scientific studies, has the potential for less post operative pain, quicker recovery time and reduced risk of wound site infections. Dr. Ganta’s first patient Sam says “I was amazed that I didn’t have much of a recovery period. I was back to my routine activity the next day after surgery.”
According to Dr. Ganta, “This new technique of Trans-umbilical Gastric banding (TUGB) allows patients to have significantly improved cosmetic results and possibly less pain and a faster recovery. Since it is important to keep the bariatric surgery cost low, the emergence of longer and innovative instruments such as ‘SILS port’ allows patients seeking the single-incision lapband surgery to have one more affordable bariatric surgery option.”
About Dr. Sashi Ganta:
Dr. Sashi Ganta is a board-certified bariatric surgeon in Austin, Texas. He pioneered his own technique to perform the Single incision LAP-BAND® surgery through the belly button, leaving no visible scars. Dr Ganta has developed a comprehensive weight loss surgery clinic in Austin, Texas and his practice in Central Texas, AIBL, is known as one of the best Texas weight loss surgery centers. Dr. Ganta is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Ganta received fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and completed his Surgery Residency Training at Sound Shore Medical Center, New York. He has studied medicine in the United States, India and UK. He is an invited speaker and faculty member teaching CME courses about his technique to other experienced bariatric surgeons. Dr. Ganta lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Nalini and two daughters.