Endoscopic Weight Loss Procedures

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Weight Loss

The experienced physicians at Loyola Medicine are helping patients to lose weight using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. Endoscopy is a high-tech procedure that has many uses for diagnosing and treating medical problems, especially in the digestive system. In endoscopic procedures for weight loss, no surgical cuts are made on the skin and there are no visible scars. In other weight loss surgeries performed at Loyola Medicine (such as the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding and duodenal switch), we use a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique that requires only small incisions.

The most common endoscopic procedure for weight loss offered at Loyola Medicine is endoscopic suturing. This can be a primary weight loss procedure in which a surgeon uses stitches to reduce the size of your stomach – similar to a sleeve gastrectomy.

A revision endoscopic suturing procedure often is used in patients who have had gastric bypass surgery and then, after 12 or 18 months, find that they are regaining some of their weight. This happens for several reasons, but partly because an opening in your gastric pouch called the gastrojejunal stoma dilates (stretches open). 

A surgeon will use a small, flexible endoscope that has a stitching device at one end – also called the OverStitchTM Endoscopic Suturing System. The endoscope is inserted through your mouth, down your esophagus and into your stomach pouch. Using stitches, your surgeon will make your stomach pouch smaller and narrow your gastrojejunal stoma.

Why Choose Loyola for Endoscopic Weight Loss Procedures?

The experienced surgeons at Loyola Medicine are among the few physicians in the Chicago area who offer endoscopic weight loss procedures. Loyola is designated as a Comprehensive Center by The American College of Surgeons, making it one of Chicagoland’s premier weight loss centers.  

Patients at Loyola Medicine benefit from our medical weight loss program, in which you work with bariatricians, dietitians and psychologists who draw on the translational  research of a nationally recognized academic medical center. Our team will work with you to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. 

What You Can Expect from Endoscopic Weight Loss Procedures

Before deciding whether an endoscopic weight loss procedure is right for you, you will meet with your doctor and discuss your health, medical history, current weight loss and overall goals. Your doctor will review all your treatment options and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Endoscopic suturing takes 45 to 90 minutes and you will be under general anesthesia the entire time. You likely will go home the day after the procedure and will be able to resume your normal activities within a few days. 

Risks of Endoscopic Weight Loss Procedures

Complicated medical procedures involve risk, and Loyola’s experienced team knows the best ways to minimize this risk. Your clinical team will discuss the risks and benefits of any proposed treatment plan with you prior to any procedure. Endoscopic procedures for weight loss carry a small risk of the following complications:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to the stomach or digestive system
  • Death
  • Esophageal tear
  • Indigestion
  • Infection
  • Regaining of weight
  • Rupture of stitches 

Weight Loss Locations at Loyola

Loyola offers medical weight loss opportunities in Melrose Park and Hickory Hills through the Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care. Procedures and more extensive surgeries are performed at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Weight loss seminars and support groups are available at several locations across the Chicagoland area. Find all locations.