Endoscopic procedures offer a minimally invasive alternative to traditional weight loss surgeries. Endoscopic suturing is a technique in which stitches are inserted in the stomach to reduce its size, in turn reducing the amount of food that can be consumed and helping the patient adjust his or her eating habits. This can jump-start weight loss.
What can I expect?
Unlike other types of weight loss procedures, endoscopic suturing requires no incisions in the skin and produces no visible scarring. The procedure is performed while the patient is under anesthesia. A narrow, flexible device called an endoscope is inserted into the stomach through the mouth and down the esophagus. The endoscope is equipped with a video camera that your surgeon will use as stitches are made in the stomach using the OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System. The entire process takes between 45 and 90 minutes.
This same technique can also be used to reduce the size of the stomach pouch in patients who have regained a significant amount of weight after another type of bariatric surgery. Typically, patients who undergo endoscopic suturing lose 8 to 15 percent of their total body weight over a one to three-year period. Multiple procedures may be needed to improve durability beyond three years.
Is endoscopic suturing right for me?
Your physician can help you decide if endoscopic suturing is the best choice for you, based on your medical history, weight loss goals and other factors. Because it does not involve surgical incision, the recovery time is much faster and the risks of this type of procedure are lower than for other forms of bariatric surgery, but complications can occur.
Currently, this procedure is offered to patients who have previously undergone RNY Gastric Bypass with weight regain from stoma or pouch enlargement. However, complications can still occur, and weight regain is possible. It’s important to continue to maintain a healthy diet and exercise after endoscopic suturing to keep your weight-loss goals on track.