Did you have bariatric surgery and stop losing weight?
Have you regained weight a couple years after bariatric surgery?
Are you just not seeing the weight loss results that you expected?
You are not alone! There may be circumstances in which your primary bariatric procedure does not provide the long lasting results you are looking for. You have options at The Center for Bariatric Surgery. Below is one of our most commonly performed bariatric revisional procedures:
Bariatric Surgery Revisions
Endoscopic Revision of Gastric Bypass
The most common reason patients consider gastric bypass revision is weight-related - either not enough was lost following gastric bypass surgery or too much was gained back in the years following surgery. Research shows that up to 35% of gastric bypass patients have gained back more than 50% of their excess weight within five to seven years of their intital surgery.This weight regain can happen for many reasons but one of those reasons is technical failure of the procedure over time in which the stomach pouch and/or the stoma stretches.
Through a basic upper endoscopy, the surgeons at The Center for Bariatric Surgery can check your stomach pouch size and the opening between your stomach pouch and your small intestines. If either is too large, it may be the cause of your post-surgery weight gain issue due to the loss of restriction over time allowing for more calories to be more readily consumed.
Not every gastric bypass patient is a candidate for another surgical procedure. Prior to laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric bypass was an open procedure. Some patients may have too much scar tissue or adhesions to effectively perform a gastric bypass revision. In addition, some patients may be adverse to an additional surgical procedure.
The OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System has been utilized to provide an endoscopic solution for patients who regain weight or do not reach their weight loss goals following gastric bypass. Using the OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System, the surgeons at The Center for Bariatric Surgery offer a less invasive alternative to traditional revision surgery by reducing the volume of an enlarged pouch and the diameter of the stoma through the placement of endoscopic sutures. This effectively allows the surgeon to endoscopically re-create the restriction that had been lost after the initial gastric bypass surgery.