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Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery in New Jersey

Located in Montclair, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, offers endoscopic bariatric surgery to patients from around the world. Endoscopic bariatric procedures are performed entirely through the mouth and are an excellent alternative to traditional bariatric surgery. Minimally invasive endoscopic procedures allow you to start losing weight and return to your life more quickly than laparoscopic or open surgical procedures. 

What is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery in New Jersey?

Endoscopic bariatric surgery encompasses several procedures that aid in weight loss. Primary endoscopic weight loss procedures offer alternative options for individuals considering a weight loss procedure for the first time. Repair or revision procedures are options for those who have already undergone bariatric surgery and are now struggling with weight regain or other complications.

  • Candidates for primary endoscopic weight loss procedures include:
    • Those who have not had a weight loss procedure in the past
    • Those who desire a lower risk procedure compared to traditional surgery
    • Those who do not want external incisions and prefer a quicker recovery time
  • Candidates for endoscopic repair procedures include:
    • Patients who have started to gain weight months to years after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve
    • Patients who did not achieve their desired weight after their initial surgical procedure
    • For patients who may have anatomical defects, such as a fistula, after traditional open or laparoscopic surgery
    • Patients who are experiencing symptoms consistent with dumping syndrome

Benefits of Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

Endoscopic bariatric surgery is one of the most recent developments in bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery helps patients who live with obesity and obesity-related conditions gain control over their weight. Unfortunately, these surgeries are not without risks. Traditional surgical options include gastric sleeve, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and Lap Band. These all involve external incisions and carry great risks. Innovative endoscopic options include Endoscopic Plication, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, and Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon. Additionally, for those who have already had a surgical procedure and are struggling with their weight again, endoscopic bariatric repair of previous surgery is possible. Endoscopic bariatric repair surgery corrects abnormalities and defects that can occur years after surgery without a repeat open or laparoscopic operation. These endoscopic options do not involve external incisions or cuts, are relatively painless and are typically done in an outpatient, same-day surgery setting.

How is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Performed?

Endoscopic bariatric surgery is performed with an endoscope, the same instrument that is used for traditional endoscopies. A long, flexible tube with a camera, light, and other surgical instruments is passed through your mouth, down the esophagus and into the stomach. Dr. Shaikh is able to perform primary and corrective procedures and restorations from inside the stomach and small intestine.

Preparing for Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

As a leading expert in endoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Shaikh specializes in diagnosis and treatment of problems related to bariatric surgery. The first step in the treatment process is to confirm that your weight gain and other symptoms are related to anatomical issues that can be corrected using endoscopic techniques. Dr. Shaikh may order diagnostic tests to confirm a suspected problem with your anatomy. Additionally, an initial endoscopy may be performed to evaluate your stomach and intestines. Prior to endoscopic bariatric surgery, you will be asked to get medical clearance from your primary care physician to ensure that endoscopic surgery is safe for you.

Recovery from Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

One of the greatest advantages of endoscopic bariatric repair surgery is that the procedure requires no incisions on the outside of your body. Additionally, internal organs and tissue do not have to be moved to gain access to the stomach and small intestine. This approach to bariatric repair surgery reduces tissue trauma, so patients can typically return to work within three days. Discomfort is significantly minimal compared to other bariatric surgeries.

How Much Does Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Cost?

The affordability of endoscopic bariatric repair surgery is a determining factor for many of our patients. We advise our patients to check first with their medical insurance carrier to find out if the surgery is covered. Any remaining balance may be financed through Advance Care Card. We may be able to offer discounts to patients who do not have any insurance benefits for our procedures. You may also want to connect with organizations that specialize in helping bariatric patients afford their surgery, such as the Obesity Action Coalition.

Is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Dr. Shaikh of the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy performs several types of endoscopic bariatric procedures. A personal consultation with Dr. Shaikh can help you determine if endoscopic bariatric surgery is right for you. If you are in need of a bariatric procedure and do not wish to go under the knife, or your medical history does not allow you to have an open or laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic bariatric surgery could be your best option. If you are looking for a procedure that can help you lose weight without pain, a long recovery time or the risks associated with surgery, schedule a consultation today. For international and out-of-state patients that are unable to visit New Jersey for an appointment, please call to schedule a virtual consultation.

Why Choose Dr. Sohail N. Shaikh for Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery?

Few physicians in the United States perform endoscopic bariatric procedures, and Dr. Shaikh is noted amongst his peers as a leading expert in the field. He received years of additional training in fellowships at the University of Arizona and Harvard Medical School with a specific focus on endoscopic bariatric procedures.  Dr. Shaikh is involved in ongoing research to advance the field and has treated patients nationally and internationally. He understands the difficulty involved in losing weight and knows that endoscopic bariatric procedures can be life-changing. His experience and skill in these procedures will help you feel at ease with your decision. Dr. Shaikh and his team will help guide you through the necessary steps towards having endoscopic bariatric surgery and will continue to guide you until you reach your weight loss goals.

The Center for Bariatric Endoscopy offers several patient resources to help you learn about the benefits of endoscopic bariatric surgery. If you have any additional questions, please contact us today!


“Individual results may vary.  Results are not guaranteed with this or any other procedure. Any weight loss procedure should be accompanied with nutritional counseling and an appropriate diet and exercise program.”