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World J Gastrointest Endosc. 2011 Nov 16;3(11):201-8. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v3.i11.201.

Transoral surgery for morbid obesity.

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  • 1Sabrena F Noria, Dean J Mikami, Department of Surgery, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, The Ohio State University, Colombus, OH 43210, United States.


Obesity is a serious health problem in the United States. Although laparoscopic surgical procedures are effective in achieving weight loss and improving obesity-related co-morbidities, they are not without their limitations and consequently there is a growing demand for less invasive approaches. Transoral techniques, as both primary and revisional procedures, are promising in this regard as they may provide a safer and more cost-effective means of achieving meaningful weight loss. The aim of this paper is to review the currently available transoral approaches to weight loss, with a particular focus on those applied in human trials.


Humans; Obesity; Transoral techniques

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