Who It’s For
Bariatric revision is for patients who have previously had a gastric bypass procedure, and who are now experiencing problems from that procedure, such as having trouble with digesting food or regaining weight.
How The Procedure Works
This brief, non-invasive procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Under mild sedation, an endoscopic suturing system is used to reduce the size of the gastrojejunal anastomosis to its original size (the size it was immediately after gastric bypass). After the procedure, patients will feel “full” in a timely fashion again, which helps them to eat less.
Why The Procedure Is Important
Gastric bypass is still the first-line surgery when it comes to weight loss procedures. However, over time, the hole (gastrojejunal anastomosis, or “outlet”) becomes larger, which causes patients not to feel “full” while eating. Because patients do not feel full, they continue to eat past the point where they should, which contributes to weight gain after the surgery. This mild procedure of bariatric revision uses endoscopy to bring the hole down to its correct size.