While traditional revision operations are effective at reestablishing weight loss, they are associated with increased risks compared with the original operation; therefore, patients and surgeons are often reluctant to pursue this option. Fortunately, the Endoscopic Bariatric Revision procedure, whereby a suturing technique is used, can restore the normal stomach pouch size. This minimally invasive technique is an effective alternative to an open surgical revision and has been used as a treatment of weight regain for more than a decade.
Results from Endoscopic Bariatric Revision procedures show that nearly all patients achieve weight stabilization (their weight gain stops), while most will lose 20-50% of their excess weight. The procedure is well tolerated, and most patients are able to return home within 24 hours and return to work within a couple of days.
While the Endoscopic Bariatric Revision procedure can help patients eat less and help eliminate ongoing feelings of hunger, it is best seen as a tool to help reinvigorate weight loss rather than a second operation. Most importantly, we encourage all weight loss patients to reconnect with support groups, visit with a dietician, and refocus on establishing healthy lifestyle choices.