How does bariatric revision work?
This is an outpatient endoscopic procedure. It is not a surgery. There are no incisions or scars. The endoscopist advances an endoscope (a tube with a camera and a light on its tip) through the mouth to the gastric pouch. The scope is equipped with a suturing device that allows us to suture the gastrojenunal anastomosis to restore it to its original size. This is performed under sedation. It does not require admission to the hospital. After the procedure, the patient will start feeling full after smaller meals again, which helps with weight loss.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure itself takes around 30 minutes. You will be asked to be in the endoscopy suite an hour before the procedure. You will also be monitored in the recovery area for about an hour.
What are the risks of the procedure?
This is a minimally invasive, well-tolerated, endoscopic procedures. The risks are very low. Patients may experience some soreness, fullness, or nausea immediately after the procedure.
Am I a candidate?
If you previously had a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve you are experiencing weight regain, we will need to perform an upper endoscopy to assess if the gastric pouch and the outlet size. If the outlet is enlarged, you may be a candidate for bariatric revision.
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