Q&A: Will Stomaphyx procedure help after gaining weight following a gastric sleeve procedure?

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I had a gastric sleeve procedure done in March, 2009. I have gained approximately 30 pds and would like to know if the new procedure stomaphyx could be done to make my stomach smaller


Matthew A. Fitzer, M.D. -

Hi.  As you have discovered, sleeve patients can also be subject to late weight regain—a problem that was rumored to be limited to bypass patients only.  While only a minority of patients will experience substantial weight regain after either kind (sleeve or bypass surgery), it happens sometimes. 
The Stomaphyx is not, in fact, new; it has been around for close to a decade.  It is possible that you might benefit from an endoscopic (nonsurgical) procedure to restore the function of your sleeve, but it needs to be evaluated first.  We don’t yet know if anything is wrong with it.

--Matthew A. Fitzer, M.D.
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