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Why Choose Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery?

Endoscopic bariatric procedures are an excellent alternative to traditional bariatric surgery. These minimally invasive endoscopic procedures allow you to start losing weight and return to your life more quickly than laparoscopic or open surgical procedures.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. 

What is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery in New Jersey?

Endoscopic bariatric surgery encompasses several procedures that aim to help weight loss. Primary endoscopic weight loss procedures offer an alternative option for the individual considering a weight loss procedure for the first time. Repair or Revision procedures are for those who have already undergone bariatric surgery and are now struggling with weight regain or other complications.

  • Primary procedures are considered for:
    • Patients who have not had a weight loss procedure in the past
    • Those who desire a lower risk procedure compared to traditional surgery
    • Those who may not want external incisions or would prefer a quicker recovery time
  • Repair procedures are considered for:
    • 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 a safe and effective alternative to other types of bariatric surgery. The procedure is performed from inside your stomach and small intestine. Therefore, you have less tissue trauma and post-surgical discomfort. Additionally, downtime and healing is much shorter with this approach.

How is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Performed?

Endoscopic bariatric surgery is performed with the same type of device that is used for an endoscopy. A long, flexible tube is inserted through your mouth and along the esophagus to reach the stomach. Dr. Shaikh uses special instruments that are attached to the endoscope or used in conjunction with the endoscope to perform the desired procedure.

Preparing for Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

Endoscopic bariatric surgery is less invasive than other surgical methods. Pre-procedure preparation and diagnostic testing will depend on the specific procedure you are having. Endoscopic bariatric procedures involve dietary education and require special nutrition needs post-operatively. It is important that you are evaluated by your primary physician to ensure you are medically cleared for an endoscopic surgical procedure.

Recovery from Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

After endoscopic bariatric surgery patients typically go home the same day, with an occasional patient staying overnight depending on the extent of the surgery. Once you are released to go home, you will be required to follow a prescribed diet as discussed with the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. After the procedure, some nausea can be expected. Typically there is minimal to no pain and you are able to resume your normal activities after two to three days.

How Much Does Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Cost?

Endoscopic bariatric surgery may be covered by your healthcare insurance depending on your specific benefits. The best way to know for sure is to contact your medical insurance company directly. Should you be responsible for any portion of the cost of your procedure, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy recommends financing through Advance Care Card. 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?

Your journey towards weight loss has likely been challenging, and we understand that it is difficult to remain committed to your goals. Many fears can prevent you from seeking the help you need. Endoscopic options for weight loss have a variety of benefits over traditional surgery that may help you overcome some of your apprehension. If you have lost the motivation to lose weight, please contact the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy. A personal consultation with Dr. Shaikh will give you the confidence you need to make an educated decision about your weight loss options.

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

Dr. Shaikh is a pioneer and a world leader in the field of bariatric endoscopy. He has performed endoscopic outlet and pouch repair since it’s inception and has helped develop many techniques used today. His training includes two additional fellowships at the University of Arizona and Harvard Medical School to specifically focus on advanced, developmental and bariatric endoscopy.  Dr. Shaikh teaches nationally and internationally and is involved in research to advance the field. He is an understanding and caring physician who puts his patients’ needs above all else. At the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, we understand that weight gain may be difficult to control and we are dedicated to giving you the tools you need to succeed

What to Expect During Your Consultation for Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Shaikh takes a personalized approach to every consultation. He discusses your success, challenges, and goals. He acknowledges your progress while offering support to help you stay on track. If he determines that endoscopic bariatric repair surgery may benefit you, he will work with you and your physician to develop a treatment plan. After your consultation with Dr. Shaikh, you will feel confident and well-informed about your options.

Choosing to undergo endoscopic bariatric surgery often gives bariatric patients renewed motivation after years of failed weight loss attempts. As one of the world’s leading experts in endoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Shaikh is uniquely qualified to determine if these procedures are right for you. Contact Dr. Shaikh 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.”