OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System
Most patients who have gastric bypass are successful in losing weight and achieving a healthier lifestyle. A few patients, however, experience some weight regain a few years after their weight loss surgery, which can occur when the new stomach pouch has stretched or more commonly when the opening between the stomach pouch and the small intestine has enlarged.
The OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System can restore that opening to its original size and therefore allow patients to lose some or all of the weight that they have gained without radical surgery. With the OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System, an endoscope and the Overstitch device is passed through the patient’s mouth and into the stomach pouch. Using this device, the surgeon sews the stomach outlet smaller, and the pouch size is significantly reduced.
The Overstitch system requires no incisions or invasive surgical techniques. With the endoscopic approach, patients avoid many of the risks of major abdominal surgery, have less post-operative pain, recover faster and have no abdominal scars. Typically, patients go home the same day, but each patient’s discharge will vary based on the physician’s recommendation. Typically, patients return to their normal routine within 48 hours. Following endoscopic suturing repair, patients should follow the same diet and exercise regimen they did after their initial bypass surgery.