Endoscopic Revisional Weight Loss Surgery (StomaphyX)
Patients who have had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures in the past may find themselves gaining weight once again. This is often due to the stretching of the stomach pouch after the initial surgery. AMISurgery offers revisional weight loss surgery, known as StomaphyX, to help our patients maintain their healthy weight after their initial procedure.
What is StomaphyX?
StomaphyX is an endoscopic procedure used to reduce the stomach pouch back to the size achieved during the original surgery. It is specifically geared to patients who have had gastric bypass before, and is not recommended for first-time patients.
Who is a Candidate for StomaphyX?
You might be a candidate for StomaphyX if you:
- Have begun gaining weight again after gastric bypass
- Gained weight due to the stretching of the stomach pouch
- Did not achieve your weight loss goals after your first surgery
Our staff at AMISurgery would be happy to talk to you about whether StomaphyX is the right option for you. We will perform a thorough examination and provide you with all the facts you need to make the best decision about your health.
How is StomaphyX Performed?
During the procedure, Dr. Bonheur inserts an endoscope through the mouth and into the stomach pouch to make the reduction. No incisions are needed, reducing the time in surgery and the recovery time afterward. The entire procedure takes anywhere from 20-60 minutes to complete, and is typically done under general anesthesia. StomaphyX is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and many of our patients return to work the next day.
What are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to the StomaphyX procedure, including:
- A minimally-invasive procedure means lower risk and shorter recovery time
- The smaller stomach pouch reduces food intake, which results in additional weight loss
- The procedure can be revised or adjusted as needed
- StomaphyX provides a safe, effective solution to gastric patients who are not achieving or maintaining desirable results from their initial procedure
What are the Risks?
The most common risks associated with StomaphyX include perforation and bleeding. However, choosing a doctor who is experienced in the StomaphyX procedure, like Dr. Bonheur, will greatly reduce your risk of any complications during or after the surgery.
StomaphyX isn’t right for everyone, but it can be an effective way to regain positive results after gastric bypass surgery. If you are unhappy with the original results of your gastric bypass, or you have recently begun gaining weight after your procedure, contact our experienced staff at AMISurgery to find out if StomaphyX is the right solution for you.