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The National Institute for Bariatric Repair (NIBR) offers new, innovative endoscopic weight loss surgery techniques for women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery, and struggle losing weight after pregnancy.

Feb. 11, 2014 – WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery often struggle with losing weight after pregnancy. “Baby weight” can be challenging to lose, particularly for bariatric surgery patients where a dilated gastric pouch or dilated gastric outlet may play a role. Albeit a common occurrence, pregnancy weight gain does not have to be permanent thanks to new endoscopic bariatric surgery procedures offered by the National Institute for Bariatric Repair (NIBR).

Changes in lifestyle, food intake and hormones during pregnancy can make weight loss more difficult. NIBR treats patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery in the past and suffer from gastric pouch or outlet dilation (outlet refers to the new connection between the surgically created stomach pouch and the intestine). These anatomical changes can lead to weight gain because a dilated gastric pouch allows more food to be consumed at one time, and a dilated outlet allows this larger volume of food to empty out of the pouch and into the intestines quickly. This leads to overeating and a loss of satiety (the feeling of fullness after a meal). Thankfully, NIBR can help women get back on track toward their weight loss goals with outpatient bariatric endoscopic surgery procedures.

“These women all have busy lives.” says Dr. Shaikh, “Being a mother is time consuming and demanding. Traditional surgical repair procedures involve recovery time that moms can’t spare, and risks they are not comfortable taking.” Instead of surrendering to pregnancy weight gain, patients can explore their options for endoscopic repair with NIBR. This endoscopic revision is a same day procedure that allows patients to resume their normal activities within two days. The procedure uses a camera guided tube through the mouth and into the stomach to locate the area(s) of the gastric pouch and/or outlet that have stretched out. The tissue is then sutured together to restore the restrictive, post-gastric bypass anatomy. No external incisions are required, so the risks of infection, blood loss and pain are minimal.

With the help of NIBR, “moms can renew their commitment to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle for themselves and their children,” says Dr. Shaikh. Dilated gastric pouch repair and dilated gastric outlet repair are just two of several endoscopic procedures offered by NIBR for weight gain after gastric bypass.

About National Institute for Bariatric Repair

NIBR is an innovative treatment center specializing in endoscopic procedures for cases that are traditionally treated with major or laparoscopic surgery. These state-of-the-art procedures are carried out by Dr. Sohail Shaikh.

For more information, please call NIBR at 973-638-1740 today!

 

National Institute for Bariatric Repair Seeking Subjects for Novel Endoscopic Weight Loss Surgery

Date: January 28, 2014Author: admin

The National Institute for Bariatric Repair talks about new, innovative endoscopic weight loss surgery techniques.

Jan. 27, 2014 – WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — The National Institute for Bariatric Repair (NIBR) is accepting new subjects for a study to assess the safety and efficacy of a new, endoscopic, incision-less weight loss procedure. The study involves through-the-mouth advanced endoscopic techniques to reduce the stomach volume and create a gastric sleeve.

This new endoscopic weight loss procedure is done in an outpatient setting and involves no external cuts, minimal pain and a quick recovery.  For this study, the stomach is accessed through the mouth (not the abdomen) using an endoscope with suturing equipment. The stomach is remodeled and reduced to a narrow sleeve using sutures and the volume of the stomach is restricted.  This allows patients to feel full after eating small portions of food, similar to traditional weight loss surgery.  All subjects will be followed for a period of 12 months.

 

NIBR Uses Innovative Techniques to Address Bariatric Complications

Date: November 13, 2013Author: admin

The National Institute for Bariatric Repair talks about innovative techniques to help address complications of bariatric surgery.

Nov. 12, 2013 – WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Weight loss surgery has proven useful and safe for millions of patients, however, every procedure has its risks. Adverse events may occur at any time after surgery; some are acute, some chronic and yet others may go un-noticed. Complications can be treated with revisional surgery, however, this is generally avoided because of the risks of repeat surgery..  Unfortunately that leaves a significant patient population with limited options, but the National Institute for Bariatric Repair (NIBR) is able to offer hope. With a team headed by Dr. Sohail Shaikh, NIBR can treat bariatric complications using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

The term “endoscopic” refers to procedures that use specialized tubes equipped with purpose-specific devices that are passed through the mouth into the stomach to perform complex procedures.  Endoscopic procedures do not involve any external incisions, are associated with quicker recovery times and minimal discomfort when compared to traditional surgery. Typically patients who undergo endoscopic procedures go home the same day as the procedure.

Bariatric complications may become apparent immediately after surgery, such as leaks or fistulae, while others may occur months or years post-operatively, such as dumping and weight gain after gastric bypass.  Unfortunately, these late complications may often go unnoticed and untreated.  After bypass surgery, the gastric pouch can stretch out, or the outlet that connects the pouch to the intestine can expand (i.e. gastric pouch dilation and gastric outlet dilation).  When this happens, the volume of food a patient can eat is greatly increased, and the feeling of fullness after small portions is diminished. Over time, this can lead to weight regain.  While surgical repair is an option for these complications, most surgeons prefer not to re-operate because scar tissue and other factors make repeat surgical procedures more risky and difficult. NIBR uses advanced endoscopic techniques to repair and remodel the dilated gastric pouch or outlet internally (through the mouth). This greatly reduces the risks associated with laparoscopic or open surgery and may be the best option for patients suffering from these and other complications. Other bariatric complications NIBR can address endoscopically include gastro-gastric fistula and post-operative leaks.

About National Institute for Bariatric Repair

NIBR is an innovative treatment center specializing in endoscopic procedures for cases that are traditionally treated with major or laparoscopic surgery. These state-of-the-art procedures are carried out by Dr. Sohail Shaikh, one of the few surgeons in the world currently performing these advanced techniques.

For more information, please call NIBR at 973-638-1740 today!

 

NIBR Provides Endoscopic Solutions for Weight Gain after Gastric Bypass

Date: October 2, 2013Author: admin

The National Institute for Bariatric Repair (NIBR) is an innovative treatment center specializing in endoscopic procedures for cases that are traditionally treated with major or laparoscopic surgery.

Oct. 1, 2013 – WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Those who have experienced weight regain years after gastric bypass surgery will be pleased to hear of a new treatment option that does not require major surgery.  The National Institute for Bariatric Repair (NIBR) (https://www.bariatricrepair.com/) now offers endoscopic procedures like dilated gastric outlet repairand dilated pouch repair (https://www.bariatricrepair.com/dilated-gastric-outletpou…) that address weight gain after bariatric surgery. These procedures do not involve abdominal incisions and allow patients to return to their daily routine in less than 2 days.

For some patients, weight regain can occur after gastric bypass as a result of anatomical changes in the stomach pouch and/or the gastric outlet (connection of the pouch with the intestine).  Over time, the pouch and outlet can stretch, allowing more food with less restriction.  When these changes occur, food intake is no longer limited and patients complain they do not feel full after eating a meal, often stating, “…I can eat whatever I want.” The unfortunate result is often weight regain.  Endoscopic bariatric specialist Dr. Sohail Shaikh can remodel a defective pouch or gastric outlet endoscopically to reestablish the effects of the original surgery.  Endoscopic procedures are performed using a flexible tube through the mouth to access the stomach.  These innovative, advanced procedures are incisionless, virtually painless, performed in under 2 hours and require no hospital stay.

Another issue that can lead to weight regain after gastric bypass surgery is the formation of a fistula, which may occur for a variety of reasons.  A fistula is an abnormal connection between two parts of the body.  After gastric bypass, a connection can develop between the new stomach pouch and the “old stomach” (the part of the stomach that was stapled off, often called the remnant stomach).  This allows food to pass into the old stomach, eliminating the restrictive and bypass effects of the original procedure.  Invasive surgery is traditionally required to repair a fistula, however, Dr. Shaikh at NIBR uses endoscopic techniques to restore the integrity of the gastric pouch.  This can put a stop to weight gain, and allow patients to resume progress toward their weight loss goals.

Weight gain is a common problem years after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.  If you or a loved one has regained weight after bariatric surgery or do not feel full after meals, new and innovative endoscopic surgical options are available at the National Institute for Bariatric Repair.  NIBR and Dr. Sohail Shaikh are now offering these minimally invasive procedures in Northern NJ to give patients a second chance at successful weight loss.  Call us today or visit our website if you would like more information.

About National Institute for Bariatric Repair

NIBR is an innovative treatment center specializing in endoscopic procedures for cases that are traditionally treated with major or laparoscopic surgery. These innovative, state-of-the-art procedures are carried out by Dr. Sohail Shaikh, one of few physicians actively performing these advanced procedures.

For more information, please call NIBR at 973-638-1740 today!

 

Endoscopic Sleeve Leak Repair Now Offered By NIBR

Patients suffering from excessive pain, nausea, vomiting or fever after bariatric surgery may be experiencing a gastric sleeve leak. The National Institute for Bariatric Repair now offers relief with endoscopic sleeve leak repair.

Sep. 25, 2013 – WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Woodland Park, NJ — Following any bariatric surgery, some level of downtime is anticipated for recovery, however, if patients experience excessive pain, nausea, vomiting or fever it may be a sign that something is amiss. In some cases, a leak may have formed. A gastric sleeve leak is one unfortunate complication of sleeve gastrectomy. It occurs when gastric contents spill from an opening in the gastric sleeve into the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). Normally, open or laparoscopic surgery would be required to close the leak,  but thanks to innovative procedures at the National Institute for Bariatric Repair patients can have this problem addressed using advanced endoscopic techniques.

Gastric sleeve leaks can occur along the staple line after a sleeve gastrectomy.  Repeat surgery carries a greater risk for complications and can be very technically challenging to perform.  Dr. Sohail Shaikh at the National Institute for Bariatric Repair uses advanced endoscopic techniques to help close the leak and allow the patient to heal without the need for repeat abdominal surgery. This procedure is performed under anesthesia. A flexible tube with suturing equipment is passed through the mouth and into the stomach to identify and repair the leak.  Temporary stents may be placed to help protect the area and allow it to heal. No external cuts are required, and recovery time for the procedure is minimal. Depending on the patient’s clinical condition, they may go home the same day.

Overall, endoscopic bariatric procedures decrease the surgical burden, minimize the risks of complications, reduce patient discomfort, and lower the risks of wound infection when compared to traditional surgical sleeve leak treatment methods.

Dr. Shaikh states, “Patients come to us with a variety of problems after bariatric surgery and fear their only option is another invasive procedure. I am thankful we are able to offer an alternative solution with advanced endoscopic techniques.”  NIBR offers a variety of endoscopic procedures designed to help patients avoid major surgery, and shorten hospital stays and recovery times.  If you have been suffering from a complication after a gastric sleeve, or other weight loss surgery, and would like to consider advanced endoscopic options instead of invasive surgery, give NIBR a call today.

About the National Institute for Bariatric Repair
NIBR is an innovative treatment center specializing in endoscopic procedures for complications that are traditionally treated with major or laparoscopic surgery. These state-of-the-art procedures are carried out by Dr. Sohail Shaikh, interventional gastroenterologist. For more information, please call NIBR at 973-638-1740 today!

 

“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.”