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Surgeons from around the world are in New Orleans today, learning how to perform advanced weight loss surgery.

Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Tom Lavin, performed gastric sleeve surgery through tiny laparoscopic incisions. He was in the operating room at Crescent City Surgical Centre in Metairie, while the doctors in town for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting, were downtown at a Marriott hotel conference room watching the surgery live on a telecast and asking questions.

The surgery took about 40 minutes.

Dr. Lavin is a founder of the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi. The Surgical Specialists is a group of nine advanced laparoscopic surgeons with offices in Metairie, Covington, Slidell, Lafayette, Gulfport and Hattiesburg. Free informational seminars on surgical and nonsurgical weight loss options are offered weekly in various locations.

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