Surgery Cuts Down Obesity Without a Knife

First-of-its-kind trial a success in Boston
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2008 5:54 PM CDT
An overweight person eats in London, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Boston hospital has successfully performed a first-of-its-kind obesity surgery that doesn’t require a scalpel. The promising treatment involves passing a tube through the patient’s throat, which bypasses the need to cut the patient—and reduces the risk of infections, bleeding, and scarring. “This is less invasive, and patients would have a very quick recovery,” one researcher said.