Endoscopic Bariatric Revisional Procedure

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can be a lifelong process and unique for every patient. That’s why we approach each individual with tailored care, offering a variety of surgical options to help those who have struggled for years.

What is endoscopic bariatric revision?

Many bariatric surgeries work by shrinking the stomach. This limits how much food your stomach is able to hold and makes you feel full sooner. By reducing how much food you’re able to eat at one time, these procedures often result in significant weight loss. But for some people, the stomach can start to stretch again over time, due to the flexibility of the organ. When the stomach or the stoma (the opening of the stomach) stretches out, it can lead to regaining weight that was lost after the initial surgery.

This is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure reduces the pouch size in patients who previously had gastric bypass surgery. This procedure (along with lifestyle support) can help patients get back on track.

Who qualifies for endoscopic bariatric revision?

You might be a good candidate for this procedure if your weight loss surgery did not result in significant weight loss, or if you’ve regained a significant amount of weight. Speak with your provider to find out what your ideal numbers should be, and what amount of weight gain after surgery is considered normal.

What to expect

If you’ve noticed that you’re regaining weight after a previous bariatric surgery, an endoscopic bariatric revision surgery like the Apollo Overstitch might be an option if you had a previous gastric bypass.

With the Apollo Overstitch, you don’t need any cuts or surgical incisions. Your bariatric surgeon will insert an endoscope (thin, lighted tube) down your esophagus and into your stomach. From there, the surgeon guides tiny tools that can restitch (or overstitch) the stomach pouch and stoma back to their intended size.

Endoscopic bariatric revision surgery can be done in an outpatient setting, so you can go home the same day. Because you’ll be under general anesthesia, you’ll need to have someone who can drive you to and from the procedure.

Possible risks

As with any type of surgery, there are risks to be aware of before undergoing bariatric revisional surgery, including:

  • Bleeding and/or blood clots
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Pulmonary or breathing problems
  • Leaks in the gastrointestinal system


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