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New minimally invasive surgical option for weight loss surgery and GI repairs – The OverStitch™ System

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 19:46:30-04

In some cases, weight regain becomes a problem after a patient undergoes Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Surgical revisions can be complicated and run a high risk of complications. However, the OverStitch™ System addresses weight regain by allowing surgeons to securely place full-thickness sutures through a flexible endoscope. Surgeons are able to carry out a wide range of advanced yet less invasive revisional procedures and GI repairs.

Possible problems some gastric bypass patients face

  • Weight regain: Studies show that 10 to 30 percent of patients do not meet target weight loss goal or begin to regain weight after surgery
  • Dilated outlet and pouch diameter: slows weight loss/increases the chances of weight regain after surgery
  • Scarring and adhesions: after the initial gastric bypass surgery, scarring or adhesions can make traditional revision surgery difficult.

Benefits of the OverStitch™ System

  • Minimally invasive alternative to traditional revision surgery
  • Wide range of surgical solutions
  • Improved surgical control
  • Durability of full-thickness sutures
  • Heightened visualization of operative site