The procedure is performed using an endoscope equipped with an endoscopic suturing device. The physician advances the device through the patient’s mouth into the stomach via a protective tube to avoid any damage to the esophagus.
A series of sutures are made in the stomach in a specific pattern. Approximately 12 sutures are placed in the stomach. Each suture consists of six bites along the greater curvature of the stomach. These sutures are then tightened resulting in constriction of the volume of the stomach. This changes the structure of the stomach to form a tube (sleeve) shape.
The procedure takes about 1-2 hours to be completed and the patient is shifted to recovery room after the procedure is completed. It results in reduction of the volume of the stomach by 70-80%. This reduces the capacity of the stomach and helps to feel fuller quickly. The procedure also limits the amount of calories absorbed by the stomach. The duration of time that the food remains in the stomach (Gastric emptying) is also extended making the person to feel full for longer duration.
OverStitch: The OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System helps the physician to make full thickness sutures through an endoscope. This new technology provides secure approximation of the tissue. Additionally, this system enables a wide range of less invasive solutions for the patients.
In this procedure, a sedative is injected into a vein to make the patient drowsy. Then, an endoscope along with overstitch suturing device is inserted through the mouth. It is guided up to stomach to detect any dilation of the opening into the stomach. When detected, the stomach wall is grabbed, and the sutures are placed by the device. This makes the stoma smaller and helps it return to previous post.
What makes it the top choice?
Flexibility, Interprocedural reloading, needle design, and knotless fixation are some features that make it a top choice.