Some people who have had bariatric surgery do not lose as much weight as they would like, or they sometimes regain weight years later. For people who have had a gastric bypass and have regained weight, endoscopic gastric outlet repair can help jump-start their weight loss.
Washington University physicians at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital work together to offer endoscopic gastric outlet repair in a comprehensive 6-month, medically supervised weight loss program.
Endoscopic Gastric Outlet Repair: How It Works
After a gastric bypass surgery, the stomach pouch (or the connection from the stomach to the small intestine, the stoma) that was created can sometimes stretch out after a few years. An enlarged stomach pouch or stoma can prevent further weight loss or cause weight regain.
An endoscopic gastric outlet repair is a nonsurgical procedure to reduce an enlarged stomach pouch or stoma after a previous gastric bypass surgery. The physician uses an endoscopic device (thin, flexible tube) with a tiny lighted camera to create a smaller stomach pouch or stoma.
You receive all care and visits at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital except for the procedure itself, which our physicians offer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Our comprehensive program includes behavior coaching group sessions.
Endoscopic Gastric Outlet Repair: The Procedure
The outpatient procedure for endoscopic gastric outlet repair involves just two steps:
- Endoscopy: While you are under general anesthesia, the physician inserts an endoscope with an attached suturing device down your throat into the stomach.
- Suture placement: The physician places sutures in your stomach and/or the stoma to reduce their size.
Endoscopic Gastric Outlet Repair: What You Can Expect
Although each person is different and may have different results, the experience for most people includes:
- Eligibility requirements: Endoscopic gastric outlet repair is for people who have had a previous gastric bypass and whose stomach pouch or stoma has stretched. You may need to have an endoscopy to check the size of the stomach or stoma, to make sure you are eligible for the procedure.
- Significant weight loss results: People who had an endoscopic gastric outlet repair lost about 25 percent of their excess body weight.
- Short recovery: Most people can go back to work or similar activities within three to five days after the procedure. You may experience some abdominal discomfort and nausea for a day or two, which we can help you manage with medication.
- Follow-up visits: We provide ongoing care typically at one, four, eight, 12, 26 and 52 weeks (or when needed), then quarterly after the first year.
- Program support: With endoscopic gastric outlet repair, you receive monthly lifestyle behavior coaching groups in the 12 months after your procedure. If you need nutrition support for weight loss, you may want to add visits with a registered dietitian, which are available for an additional fee.
Lifestyle changes for healthy weight maintenance
During the first several weeks after the procedure, your body is adjusting to restricted stomach capacity. Our post-procedure diet recommendations help with that adjustment.
- Clear liquids for the first day
- Full liquids for two weeks
- Pureed foods for weeks three and four
- Soft foods for weeks five and six
- Regular foods, per your dietitian’s calorie prescription, as you feel comfortable
Once you have transitioned back to regular foods, it’s important that you commit to some lifestyle behavior changes for successful long-term weight management. We suggest that you:
- Eat healthy foods in smaller portion sizes
- Get regular physical exercise
- Participate actively in the lifestyle therapy program, which includes group behavior coaching and offers psychosocial behavior change strategies to help support you during treatment
Financing for Endoscopic Gastric Outlet Repair
Many health insurance plans don’t cover the cost of endoscopic gastric outlet repair. We work with you and your insurer to determine what your plan will cover and what your out-of-pocket costs will be.
Our program coordinator will discuss payment options with you at your initial office visit.
Other Procedures for Weight Loss
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital offer a full range of options for weight loss, including nonsurgical and surgical procedures. Our options include:
Contact Us for Weight Loss Treatment
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric physician, please call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.
If you are interested in having a weight loss procedure, you must first attend one of the following information sessions. A Washington University physician will discuss our procedures and explain eligibility.
Referring physicians can call the Doctors’ Access Line at 800.252.DOCS (3627) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also visit our referring physicians page.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri – a west county suburb of St. Louis.
Our bariatric physicians have two locations on campus:
- The Washington University Bariatric Endoscopic Therapy office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 100. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway.
- The Washington University Bariatric Surgery office is located in Medical Office Building 1, Suite 120. The address is 1040 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.
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