A second chance at bariatric surgery

Many bariatric surgeries work by shrinking the stomach. This limits how much food your stomach is able to hold, and it makes you feel full sooner. By reducing how much food you’re able to eat at one time, these procedures often result in significant weight loss.

But for some people, the stomach can start to stretch again over time, due to the flexibility of the organ. When the stomach or the stoma (the opening of the stomach) starts to stretch out, it can lead to regaining weight lost after the initial surgery.

Endoscopy: surgery without incisions

This is where revisional procedures like the endoscopic Apollo Overstitch come in. Revisional procedures can repair or update a previous bariatric surgery.

With the Apollo Overstitch, you don’t need any cuts or surgical incisions. Surgeons will insert a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope down your esophagus and into your stomach. From there, they use the endoscope to guide tiny tools that can re-stitch (or overstitch) the stomach pouch and stoma back to their intended size.

Endoscopic bariatric revisional procedures can be done in an outpatient setting, so you can go home the same day. You will be under anesthesia, so make sure you have someone who can drive you to and from the procedure.

Restoring results and rebuilding confidence

If you’ve noticed that you’re regaining weight after a previous bariatric surgery, an endoscopic revisional procedure like the Apollo Overstitch might be an option.

Our team will also work with you to identify any other possible causes of regaining weight. Whether it’s a revisional procedure, lifestyle changes or both, we’ll work with you to find a plan that works.

To schedule an appointment with a specialist at Main Line Health, call 1.866.CALL.MLH (1.866.225.5654) or use our secure online appointment request form.