People who have had gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery but are still struggling with weight gain have a new option with the OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System, now available at the Valley Care Clinics Weight Loss Surgery Center. Luis Reyes, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is the first bariatric surgeon in the region to offer this minimally invasive procedure to patients in the Rio Grande Valley.
While there are a number of reasons why a person may gain weight after weight-loss surgery, one factor could be the gradual stretching of the opening into their stomach. As the opening expands, people who have had weight-loss surgery may feel less full and eat greater portions of food. The OverStitch™ procedure involves decreasing the size of the opening into the stomach so it returns to the previous, post-operative form.
The advanced technology offered by the OverStitch™ system, combined with Dr. Reyes’ years of experience, can offer patients a new alternative to reach their target weight.
How it’s done
The OverStitch™ procedure is endoscopic, meaning it’s minimally invasive. Instead of relying on a large incision used in traditional open surgery, surgeons insert a long, flexible tube into your mouth and down your esophagus. The tube carries durable sutures and special instruments used to perform the procedure. Your surgeon will suture the surrounding area of your stomach, making the opening smaller. They may also suture your stomach pouch to decrease its size and restrict the amount of food it can hold.
What are the advantages of the OverStitch™ procedure?
Doctors may recommend the advanced OverStitch™ procedure to some patients because it offers certain benefits, including:
- Less invasive and no incisions
- Quicker procedure compared to traditional surgery
- Outpatient procedure – in and out of the hospital the same day
- Lower risk of complications during or after the procedure
- Same rate of weight loss as your original bariatric procedure
Is the OverStitch™ procedure right for me?
Not everyone is a candidate for the OverStitch™ procedure as weight gain may not be a result of an enlarged opening into the stomach. Talk with your doctor to see if Overstitch™ surgery is right for you.
For more details about the OverStitch™ procedure, contact our office at 956-664-1616.