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Understanding the benefits of endoscopic bariatric surgery helps residents from around the world make informed decisions about their healthcare. Located in Montclair, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, informs patients about the benefits of endoscopic bariatric surgery, obesity management, and other relevant topics.

What Patient Resources are Available for Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery?

Dr. Sohail Shaikh of the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy is a leader in techniques used for endoscopic bariatric surgery. Dr. Shaikh enjoys spending time with his patients in order to help them understand the value of these types of procedures, as well as how to better manage their weight and other obesity-related conditions.

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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 regain control over their weight. Unfortunately, these surgeries are not without risks. Traditional surgical options include gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and Lap Band. These all involve external incisions and have associated risks. Newer endoscopic options include Endoscopic Plication, Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty and Endoscopic gastric balloon. Additionally, for those who have already had a surgical procedure, endoscopic bariatric repair of previous surgery is possible.  This is particularly helpful for patients that have gained weight after gastric weight loss surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy and RYGB. Endoscopic bariatric repair surgery corrects these abnormalities and defects without extensive surgery. These endoscopic options do not involve external incisions or cuts, are relatively painless and are typically done in a same-day surgery manner.

How is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Performed?

Endoscopic bariatric surgery is performed with an endoscope, the same instrument that is used for 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 procedures, repairs and restorations to your stomach from inside the stomach and small intestine.

Preparing for Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

As a leading expert in endoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Shaikh is uniquely positioned to properly diagnose and treat problems that are related to your bariatric surgery. The first step, though, is to confirm that your weight gain and other symptoms are not related to your diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. Dr. Shaikh may order diagnostic tests to confirm his diagnosis. Additionally, an initial endoscopic evaluation of your anatomy is usually performed to accurately evaluate your stomach and intestines. Prior to endoscopic bariatric surgery, you will be asked to get clearance from a medical doctor regarding your overall health.

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-seven days. Discomfort is significantly lower than with 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 first check with their medical insurance carrier to find out if the surgery is covered. Any remaining balance may be financed through CareCredit® and Advance Care. 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 Repair Surgery Right for Me?

Dr. Shaikh of the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy performs several types of endoscopic bariatric repair procedures. A personal consultation with Dr. Shaikh gives you the professional insight and guidance you need to decide if endoscopic bariatric repair surgery is right for you.

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 trained at the University of Arizona and Harvard Medical School to specifically focus on Endoscopic bariatric endoscopy.  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 that having an Endoscopic Bariatric Procedure may be life changing for the right patient. His experience and knowledge of these procedures will help you feel at ease with your decision to undergo endoscopic bariatric surgery.

Dr. Shaikh and his team will help guide you through the necessary steps to reaching 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.”