Many individuals choose to undergo bariatric surgery to help them with weight loss. Unfortunately, there are some cases where patients do not lose the amount of weight they desire or gain back a significant amount of the weight they initially lost. Sometimes this happens for reasons that are beyond the control of the individual, and sometimes it can be attributed to non-compliance with critical lifestyle changes.
Historically, the only option to correct these issues was another surgical procedure, but today, Innova Weight Loss Solutions can perform an endoscopic revision of the gastric sleeve through a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. This procedure involves using a thin, bendable tube with an attached camera (endoscope) and special surgical instruments to access the stomach through the patient’s mouth.
These endoscopic alterations generally have shorter recovery times, usually do not leave abdominal scarring, and have less of a risk profile than what accompanies a surgical procedure.
Endoscopic Revision of the Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric sleeve surgery, also referred to as sleeve gastrectomy, has become the most widely recognized and most often performed weight loss surgery in the U.S. In certain situations, it is possible for patients to encounter insufficient weight loss, weight gain, or other complications after undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy. Fortunately, many patients can gain a second opportunity for weight loss through a revision procedure.
During the revision to the gastric sleeve, the gastroenterologist can modify the usable capacity and length of the stomach pouch that was created during the initial sleeve surgery, increasing the likelihood of future successful weight loss.
Endoscopic Revision of Gastric Bypass
A revision of gastric bypass surgery is a procedure that can modify or enhance the effects of a previous gastric bypass surgery. It can be completed through standard surgery, which would carry significant risk, or using a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure that does not require incisions or a hospital stay.
During the procedure, the stoma, or opening between the stomach pouch and the small intestine, can be made smaller by the gastroenterologist using endoscopic suturing methods. Also, the stomach can be reshaped and the size of the pouch adjusted to restore the results initially created during the gastric bypass surgery. This will help control the amount of food that can be eaten and boost overall weight-loss efforts.