Other Procedures ---- Why they’re not performed by DrQ

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons use robot technology. Surgeons at the N.E.W. Program used this technology effectively for a brief period, but robotic surgery required 6 incisions (rather than 4 or 5), the incisions were larger (not smaller) and patients are under anesthesia (paralyzed) for longer. While this technology is available, Dr. Quebbemann believes his results are better than what can be achieved by using the robot. Rather than using the robot as a marketing gimmick, Dr. Quebbemann prefers to put patient results first.

There are surgeons that believe robotic bariatric surgery is better. Dr Quebbemann strongly disagrees.

ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon

The ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon is placed into the stomach to fill space so that there is less room for food. It is made out of a soft silicone (“plastic”) and is inserted into the stomach through your mouth, so no incision is required. Doctors then fill the balloon with a saline solution to expand it in the stomach. The device remains in the stomach for six months and the theory is that it is used to help individuals kick start their weight loss and form healthier eating habits.

Dr. Quebbemann does not believe that the currently available intragastric balloons work well enough to 1) subject patients to the risks of intragastric balloon placement/removal or 2) to charge patients $1000s for a device that has such poor overall results. Dr. Quebbemann was closely involved with an FDA trial for the Reshape Intragastric Balloon which had approximately the same results as the ORBERA™. Once again, he believes that this is a failed device and far too many patients fail to lose weight or regain weight.

The Lap-Band System™

The Lap-Band System™ is a device that Dr. Quebbemann is extremely familiar with. In fact, he was involved in the FDA Trial (in 2001) for this device as well. He has managed hundreds and hundreds of patients that have had the Lap-Band, and has performed the surgery for hundreds of patients. In fact. Dr. Quebbemann recommended that his father, a professor at his medical school, have the Lap-Band procedure after struggling with obesity for decades…, and Dr. Quebbemann Sr. was a successful patient.

The Lap-Band System™ is far more successful than the intragastric balloon systems, and is relatively safe. Dr. Quebbemann chose to stop performing this operation due to the long-term complications that can occur with the Lap-Band. He still manages many successful Lap-Band patients in The N.E.W. Program clinic although feels that the Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass are far more successful, overall. If someone is only interested in the Lap-Band System™, Dr. Quebbemann’s staff will refer them to a competent Lap-Band surgeon.

Malabsorption Surgery

There are two procedures that result in a very high risk for malabsorption, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These two procedures are the Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPD) and the Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS, or simply DS). Dr. Quebbemann is only willing to perform surgery that helps people modify their eating behaviors and is not willing to perform surgical procedures that simply cause patients to expel much of the food they eat, rather than to absorb it.

Our system is simple. No chronic dieting or fad diets, no strange remedies or magical supplements and, no extreme exercise. Just the truth, and a lot of help and support in developing a lifestyle that you enjoy which can keep you from ever having to diet again. Whether you have chosen to benefit from surgical weight loss or have decided to enroll in our medical weight loss program, Dr. Quebbemann will be totally dedicated to your success.