Regaining Weight After Your Bypass?
A minimally invasive procedure can stop your weight gain.
Every year, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. undergo gastric bypass surgery for the treatment of obesity. Most gastric bypass patients achieve excellent weight loss after surgery. Some patients experience weight regain years after their original bypass surgery. Weight gain after gastric bypass is often caused by an enlargement of the stomach pouch. There are options to surgical restore the stomach pouch to its original size after your bypass. At UC San Diego Health System, we are utilizing a minimally invasive, endoscopic surgical approach that tightens the gastric pouch or stoma.
The endoscopic procedure uses instruments inserted through the mouth to reduce the size of your stomach pouch and the opening to the small intestine, recreating the restriction you once had to help you once again achieve weight loss.
How It's Done
To perform the incisionless procedure, a small, flexible endoscope and surgical tools are inserted through the mouth and into the stomach pouch. Sutures are placed in the stomach pouch to reduce their size. No cuts are made into the skin during the procedure.The procedure is designed to provide important advantages, including minimal post-operative pain, fast recovery time and no scarring.
Are You a Candidate?
If you were originally successful with your bypass surgery but now find yourself regaining some of your lost weight, you may be an ideal candidate for the new incisionless procedure.
You may also be a candidate if you underwent bypass surgery but did not lose weight.
After an initial screening, patients undergo a series of evaluations including nutritional and dietary counseling, a full medical exam and endoscopy. Call 858-657-8860 to learn more.