Elizabeth Dovec, MD, Medical Director, GBMC Comprehensive Obesity Management Program

Data suggests a savings of 0.33 staple load per laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) procedure after switching to a suction calibration system (SCS). That translates to saving a staple approximately every third case. With bariatric staple loads costing upwards of over $400 per staple, this could mean significant savings for institutions that implement a SCS in their LSG procedures.