Have you started to regain weight after weight loss surgery (WLS)?
Let the best bariatric surgeons in Houston help. Many studies have shown that a significant number of WLS patients regain a large amount of weight after the surgery. The most prevailing cause includes slow stretching of the outlet or the actual stomach pouch. When the traditional weight loss surgical procedures are executed, the stomach’s volume is decreased to decrease the amount of food taken in and to subdue how quickly food goes down the digestive tract. In conjunction with one another, this helps weight loss surgery patients feel full after eating only a small portion of food. In turn, the dramatic calorie decrease leads to weight loss. Many studies have evidenced that when patients overeat, it causes the outlet and/or stomach pouch to stretch over time, taking more time for them to feel satisfied and full from their meal. This type of stretching makes weight loss surgery patients more susceptible to weight gain.
Patients now have options: Outlet and Pouch Repair Endoscopic Surgery
Our Houston bariatric center offers patients a unique endoscopic outlet and pouch repair procedure that reduces both the actual size of the enlarged pouch as well as the circumference of the outlet. Our bariatric surgeons in Houston use specialized devices and a small endoscope that allow the sutures to actually be placed by way of the endoscope. The suturing devices and endoscope are placed by way of the mouth, down the throat, and into the stomach, the exact way as a traditional endoscope. Then, sutures are sewn around the opening of the outlet to reduce its diameter. This same technique is also used to place added sutures in the pouch to reduce its overall volume capacity.
What can you gain from an endoscopic procedure?
Occasionally, adhesions and scar-tissue from the original weight loss procedure make laparoscopic or open revision surgical procedures very arduous, and at times, unworkable. Abdominal revision surgery generally takes more time than the first weight loss procedure, with patients three times as likely to encounter side effects or complications. Revision surgery through our endoscopic procedure helps decrease the patient’s risks and allows them to experience minimal pain, a faster recovery, and no scarring in the abdomen.
What are some expected side effects?
Patients that undergo endoscopic bariatric revision surgery in Houston generally feel little to no pain from the procedure. Occasional mild side effects potentially include nausea and gas pain, as well as sore throat, tongue swelling, or painful lips from the positioning of the endoscope.