Revision of Gastric Sleeve
Many people choose to undergo surgery to help them lose weight when all other efforts have failed. The bariatric procedure that is performed most often is known as gastric sleeve surgery.
During this surgical procedure, three-fourths of the patient’s stomach are cut away and permanently removed. This leaves them with a much narrower, tube-like structure that will only hold a small amount of food. After surgery, most individuals lose a lot of weight because they are recovering and have a very limited diet.
Unfortunately, over time, the usable capacity of their stomach tube can stretch out to accommodate greater amounts of food, paving the way to overeating and subsequent weight gain. This gain can be related to individuals chronically eating too much during meals or can be caused by other factors. In rare cases, there is an issue with the initial procedure that needs to be addressed. Fortunately, Innova Weight Loss Solutions (Innova) can help put an end to this type of weight gain and give you a second chance at successful weight loss.
The Sleeve Revision Works Like This
The Apollo Overstitch® suturing device is a special tool that has a camera attached and is used to stitch the stomach pouch up to restore the smaller volume resulting from the original gastric sleeve. The procedure is completed in a very similar way to the Overstitch ESG® procedure, from within the stomach and without any incisions in the abdomen.
The Innova doctor will access your stomach using an endoscope that goes through your throat and into your stomach. Then the doctor will place targeted stitches along the edge of the stomach pouch to create a smaller place to hold food for digestion. This will restore or enhance the results of the previous gastric sleeve surgery, giving the patient a second chance at losing weight successfully.
Who Could Benefit From The Overstitch Sleeve Revision?
A sleeve revision may be a suitable option for patients over the age of 18 who have previously undergone gastric sleeve surgery and are currently facing weight regain.
It also offers a viable alternative for those who would not be able to undergo additional surgery due to health or personal reasons.
The Overstitch® sleeve revision may not be a suitable choice for you if you have a condition that would not allow for an endoscopic procedure, are a heavy drinker, if you are a smoker, use recreational drugs, or if you have lost motivation or are no longer dedicated to losing weight and are unwilling to make the necessary lifestyle changes.