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Endoscopic Plication in New Jersey

Located in Montclair, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, offers Endoscopic Plication to patients from around the world. If you are clinically diagnosed obese, you may be considering bariatric surgery. Endoscopic Plication offers an alternative to traditional bariatric surgery methods and may be the best option for you. Read on to learn more:

What is Endoscopic Plication?

Endoscopic Plication limits the amount of food that you eat by reducing the size of your stomach using endoscopically placed sutures and anchors. The procedure is done entirely through your mouth, allowing for a faster recovery, less pain, and minimal risks compared to traditional bariatric surgery.

Benefits of Endoscopic Plication

Endoscopic Plication offers many benefits over traditional bariatric surgery. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient, same-day procedure requiring no hospital stay and offers minimal risk and a quick and virtually painless recovery.  Endoscopic Plication promotes weight loss and can prevent or help manage obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

How is Endoscopic Plication Performed?

Endoscopic Plication is performed through the mouth with an endoscope and special suturing equipment. Folds are made within the stomach wall that are sutured and anchored to restrict stomach volume. No outside cuts are needed, and the procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting.

Preparing for Endoscopic Plication

Before your Endoscopic Plication procedure, you will be required to see a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for nutrition counseling and education on the post-operative diet. You will also need medical clearance from your primary physician, which includes blood work and an EKG. You will be asked to follow a liquid diet with protein shakes for 1 week prior to your procedure.

Recovery from Endoscopic Plication

After your Endoscopic Plication procedure, you will likely go home the same day. In 2-3 days, you should be back to your normal routine. Recovery is virtually painless, though some patients complain of nausea the day after the procedure.  Because your stomach will be significantly reduced in size, it is vital that you follow the prescribed diet. Initially, most patients are only able to eat about ¼ cup of food at each meal.  Follow up with your Registered Dietitian is strongly encouraged to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs and losing weight appropriately.

How Much Does Endoscopic Plication Cost?

The cost of Endoscopic Plication varies depending on insurance coverage. Our office will gladly help you determine if coverage is offered through your plan, and what your options for financing are if coverage is not available. 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 Plication Right for Me?

To be considered a candidate for Endoscopic Plication, you should be clinically diagnosed as obese. If you are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise on your own but have reservations about traditional bariatric surgery, endoscopic bariatric procedures may be an option for you.  To determine if Endoscopic Plication is the best choice, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaikh to learn more about the variety of endoscopic weight loss procedures and how they compare to traditional surgery.

Why Choose Dr. Sohail Shaikh for Endoscopic Plication?

Dr. Shaikh is a pioneer in the field of bariatric endoscopy and has dedicated his practice to this area of bariatrics. Endoscopic bariatric surgery requires a great deal of technical skill that not only takes years of practice to develop, but also requires a certain talent. Dr. Shaikh is recognized as an expert among his peers, and frequently teaches other physicians across the country and abroad and lectures at major medical conventions. He has special training from Harvard Medical School and the University of Arizona in developmental and bariatric endoscopy and has positioned himself as a world leader. In addition to his skills and expertise, Dr. Shaikh’s practice at the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy includes a dedicated and knowledgeable team to help guide you every step of your journey.

What to Expect During Your Consultation for Endoscopic Plication

A consultation with Dr. Shaikh gives you the chance to ask questions and feel comfortable with the care plan suggested for you. You will be given the opportunity to discuss your medical history and outline what your goals are. Together, you and Dr. Shaikh will determine if endoscopic bariatric surgery is right for you, and which procedure best suits your needs.

Endoscopic Plication is a safe and effective alternative to open or laparoscopic bariatric surgery.  If you are looking for a procedure that does not involve external cuts or long recovery times, contact Dr. Shaikh to determine if endoscopic bariatric surgery is right for you.


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