June 14, 2017
OverStitch™ Revision Procedure, is a safe and effective alternative to help you get you back on track with your weight loss by reducing the size of your enlarged stomach pouch and outlet to their original post-surgical proportions.
OverStitch Bariatric Surgery Revision
OverStitch Revision Procedure, is a safe and effective alternative to help you get you back on track with your weight loss by reducing the size of your enlarged stomach pouch and outlet to their original post-surgical proportions. “This new endoscopic bariatric surgery revision procedure offers my patients a treatment option for post- gastric bypass weight regain that they’ve never had before,” said Dr. Rachel L. Moore. “The potential advantages over other bariatric surgery revision options are significant: lowered risk of infection, limited postoperative pain, no visible scars and faster recovery times. Patients can usually go home the same day of the procedure.”
How Does the OverStitch™ Revision Procedure Work?
The procedure is performed using a small flexible endoscope and specialized devices that allow sutures to be placed through the endoscope. The scope and suturing devices are inserted through your mouth into your stomach pouch the same way as a standard endoscope. Stitches are then placed around your stomach outlet to reduce the diameter, typically from the size of a silver dollar to the size of a dime. The same technique may then be used to place additional sutures in your stomach pouch to reduce its volume capacity.
*What Are the Benefits of the OverStitch™ Revision Procedure?
A traditional bariatric surgery revision surgery can take longer than the original procedure and you are three times more likely to develop complications. Scarring and adhesions from the initial bariatric surgery often make open or laparoscopic revision surgery challenging. However, an endoscopic bariatric surgery revision procedure decreases your risks when compared to traditional bariatric surgery revision. You will experience less pain, recover faster and have no abdominal scarring. You will most likely be discharged the day of the procedure, but each case will vary based on your physician’s recommendation. *Results may vary
Am I a Candidate for the OverStitch™ Revision Procedure?
This procedure may be for you if you have had a gastric bypass procedure and have regained significant weight. Some gastric bypass patients regain significant weight after bariatric surgery, most commonly caused by the gradual stretching of the stomach pouch or outlet.
When your original gastric bypass procedure was performed, your stomach and outlet were made very small to reduce the amount of food you were able to consume and slow the passage of food through your digestive tract. This helped you to feel fuller longer after eating just a small amount and weight loss occurred due to a dramatic decrease in your calorie intake. Many clinicians have shown that when the stomach pouch and/or outlet gradually stretch, it takes longer for you to feel full and a result, you may begin to regain weight.