The founder of the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers advice for promoting seamless recovery.
Plano, TX, April 18, 2015 – Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon at the North Texas-based Nicholson Clinic, one of the top weight loss surgery centers in the country, understands that surgery of any kind can be a scary proposition. If there’s a need for weight-loss surgery to be performed, however, one simple step in the operating room can help reduce the potential for complications.
”A surgeon’s decision to use a buttressing material along the staple line can greatly reduce the likelihood of leaks, which is one of the more complex complications that can arise with procedures such as the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy,” says Dr. Nicholson. “While staple line leaks are very rare, this complication demands immediate attention and a second procedure to ensure a proper seal. Buttressing material simply reinforces the staple line and prevents this complication.”
Staple line leaks only occur in about 1 to 5 percent of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedures, but the issue is serious enough that Nicholson uses reinforcing material in every procedure he performs.
“This is an extra step, but it’s one that can dramatically reduce the odds of this potentially life-threatening complication from arising,” Dr. Nicholson explains. “This extra safety precaution isn’t a 100-percent-guarantee, but it can make a significant difference.”
Preventing staple line leaks is a serious concern for Nicholson and bariatric professionals like him. This complication is a serious one that demands immediate attention and it can place an extra financial burden on patients in addition to the health complications.
“Using reinforcing material along the seam line takes this already rare complication and cuts its frequency down dramatically,” says Dr. Nicholson. “This is very important for patient health, recovery, satisfaction and financial well-being. Knowing that we can count the number of leaks experienced at our practice on less than one hand allows us to deliver care with confidence while enabling patients to feel confident about the care they are receiving.”
Founded by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the country’s and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery” The Real Skinny,” the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers a variety of options to help patients gain control of their weight and their lives.