Bariatric Surgery Repair in New Jersey
Endoscopic bariatric surgery repair is an advanced technique for repairing post-operative problems related to bariatric surgery. As a leader in the field of endoscopic bariatric surgery repair, Dr. Shaikh of the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy helps the patients of New Jersey and around the world remain successful in their obesity-related lifestyle changes.
What is Bariatric Surgery Repair?
Dr. Shaikh of the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy is an expert in endoscopic bariatric repair surgery, which has transformed the quality of care and health outcomes for bariatric patients. Procedures that previously required extensive surgeries are now conducted with minimal downtime and patient discomfort.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Repair
Endoscopic techniques do not involve any outside cuts on your body. Because of this, they are far less invasive than traditional surgery and offer a faster recovery time, less pain, and no scars. Typically, an extended hospital stay is not necessary – these endoscopic procedures are usually performed in an outpatient setting.
Bariatric Surgery Repair Before and After
Our Before and After Pictures show you the results of endoscopic bariatric surgery by Dr. Shaikh. If you are experiencing weight gain and other symptoms after your bariatric surgery, browse the gallery and contact our office today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Shaikh.
How is Bariatric Surgery Repair Performed?
Dr. Sohail Shaikh performs endoscopic bariatric repair surgery using techniques that require no incisions on the outside of your body to access your stomach. Instead, Dr. Shaikh uses the same technique as an endoscopy to examine your digestive tract. The endoscope used is a flexible tube with a camera and suturing equipment attached. Dr. Shaikh guides the endoscope into your stomach to make repairs as needed.
Dr. Shaikh is proud to offer endoscopic bariatric surgery repair for the following conditions:
- Dilated Gastric Outlet and Pouch Repair
- Dilated Gastric Sleeve Repair
- Endoscopic Gastro-Gastric Fistula Repair
- Weight Gain After Gastric Bypass
Preparing for Bariatric Surgery Repair
Before your consultation, there are some steps you can take to expedite your treatment.
- Choose a primary care doctor (if you don’t already have one), and ensure that your routine health maintenance is up to date.
- List your previous weight loss efforts, including gym memberships, diets, medications, etc.
- Gather all medical information or documents you may have. These included previous procedures, blood work, imaging and results from any recent hospitalization.
- Write down and bring in a list of medications, dosages, frequency, and who prescribed them.
Most endoscopic procedures require you to fast after midnight on the night before your procedure. Before a revisional procedure, we recommend a 1-week full liquid diet supplemented with high-protein shakes. This will help accustom you to the post-operative diet and may help with weight loss before the procedure.
Recovery from Bariatric Surgery Repair
Most patients can go back to work and to their normal life the day after the procedure. You can expect a full recovery in just a few days. We don’t recommend heavy lifting for at least 3 weeks and recommend daily cardiovascular exercise after one week, including walking, jogging, using an elliptical machine or stationary bike.
Risks and complications for endoscopic bariatric repair are similar to those normally associated with all endoscopic procedures. These risks are typically less than open or laparoscopic surgery. Your physician will discuss these in detail prior to performing any procedure.
We recommend that you meet with a dietitian before and after the procedure. The diet after endoscopic repair is very similar to a post-bariatric surgery diet. You will progress from full liquids to a pureed diet, and slowly add more solid foods as tolerated. The focus of the diet is high protein, low carbohydrate foods along with plenty of fluids.
How much weight you lose will depend on your compliance with the recommended diet. There is no way to predict exactly how many pounds you will shed, but most of our patients have experienced more than 15-20 pounds of weight loss within the first month.
How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Repair Cost?
Every case is different, and we try our best to use your insurance benefits to cover the costs of the procedure. If necessary, there are financing options available. We recommend checking with you local bank or applying for a loan through Advance Care Card, which offers interest-free financing for 14 months.
You may be eligible to receive money back in potential tax savings. IRS Publication 502 states that you can deduct your medical and dental expenses when they total more than 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income. You may also want to connect with organizations that specialize in helping bariatric patients afford their surgery, such as the Obesity Action Coalition.
Is Bariatric Surgery Repair Right for Me?
If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, abnormal weight gain or an increase in appetite after bariatric surgery, you may have a complication that can be corrected with a revision procedure. The only way to know for sure is to visit your doctor. He may suggest that you have an upper endoscopy to evaluate your pouch and outlet in order to determine if there is anything in need of repair.
Why Choose Dr. Sohail Shaikh for Bariatric Surgery Repair?
Dr. Sohail Shaikh is a leading expert in endoscopic bariatric surgery repair procedures. He shares his expertise with patients and other surgeons by performing and teaching his technique around the world. In addition to his skill and experience, Dr. Shaikh is passionate about endoscopic bariatric surgery repair because the procedures improve patient quality of care.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Bariatric Surgery Repair
During your consultation, Dr. Shaikh will address your current complaints and discuss your medical history to determine if you qualify for an endoscopic repair procedure. He may recommend an upper endoscopy and/or upper GI series to inspect and evaluate your gastric bypass anatomy. These tests will help identify any abnormalities and provide information needed to develop a plan of care. You may also need some initial blood work and pre-operative clearances (determined by your existing medical conditions).
Weight gain, dumping syndrome and other symptoms after bariatric surgery may indicate that you could benefit from endoscopic bariatric surgery repair. Contact Dr. Shaikh today!