Obesity is on the rise around the world and is a major contributing factor to chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, liver and kidney disease, sleep apnea, several cancers, and more. Even with diet and exercise, many struggle to lose weight—leaving surgery as their only hope.
The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty by OverStitch is an exciting new weight loss surgery option. The technology is new so you may not have heard about it yet. Here is everything you need to know.
What Is OverStitch Weight Loss Surgery?
Finally, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gastric bands and balloons. The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty by OverStitch is performed without making any incisions. Instead, a small tube is inserted down the throat and into your stomach. The device has a camera and the capacity to place silk sutures that will shrink the size of your stomach. General or low anesthesia is used, and patients leave the hospital the same day or after an overnight stay for observation.
The entire surgery takes between 60 and 90 minutes, recovery time is rapid, and the most common risks are short-term nausea and vomiting.
Who Is Eligible For OverStitch In Bangkok?
You must have a body mass index of 27.5 or more and have attempted to lose weight with diet and exercise, with little to no success. Just like the balloon or band, the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty limits how much you can eat. It leaves your stomach tube-shaped, which will make you feel fuller faster. Weight loss is typically around 20 to 30 percent of your current weight over a 12 month period.
Since no incision is required this is a safer surgery with fewer recovery risks. It is a popular alternative for those at high-risk for traditional weight loss surgery.
It can also reduce your risk for or minimize preexisting conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Kidney disease
- Sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
- Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
- And more
What Does Recovery Look Like?
This is an outpatient surgery performed under general or low anesthetics. You won’t be able to eat for a few hours after the procedure, but you will be able to sit, stand, walk and use the restroom as soon as the anesthesia has worn off. A liquid diet will be required for a minimum of two weeks, then you will transition to a semi-solid diet for a week or two, then on to a solid food diet of healthy foods.
Most patients go home the same day or stay one night for observation. Unlike most weight loss procedures, the most common side effects are short-term nausea and vomiting.
What Are The Benefits?
- No incision is required, so the risks of healing properly are eliminated
- Surgery takes between 60 and 90 minutes
- Only general or low dose anesthesia is required
- Rapid recovery with just an overnight stay for observation
- You can sit, stand, walk, and use the bathroom as soon as the anesthesia wears off
- Short-term nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects
- Reduced risk of common gastric surgery complications such as lack of nutrients and acid reflux
What Are The Disadvantages?
- Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty technology is expensive, so the surgery costs a bit more than other weight loss surgery options
- The sutures may release over time so results may not last as long as other weight loss surgery options
- You may still feel hunger pangs, but you will feel fuller sooner
- Weight loss may be a bit less than surgeries that include bladder and bypass
- Untrained physicians may accidentally stitch other organs outside of the stomach
- As a new medical procedure, no long-term research is available; but there is not an increased risk of stomach cancer
Where Can I Get OverStitch In Bangkok, Thailand?
The Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok is home to leading Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeons Dr. Panot Yimcharoen and Dr. Suthipong Treeratana. Both have been performing the OverStitch method since 2017, after training on this new weight loss procedure with the renowned world leader in Overstitch Professor Gontrand Lopex Nava and Professor Manoel Galvao.
Unfortunately, the Thailand Public Health Department is yet to certify OverStitch but as soon as they do, it will be available at the Rattinan Clinic.
How Much Does OverStitch Cost?
Cost of the procedure is expected to be more than laparoscopic gastric surgery, but a package rate cannot be provided until the equipment is approved imported (May 2020)