Despite its excellent record of success, many people have become disappointed by the results they have gotten from their gastric bypass surgery. Either their weight loss has ceased too soon or a significant amount of weight has returned after the initial weight loss. Health complications like high blood pressure and arthritis may have also returned along with the weight gain. This most often occurs when the stomach pouch has stretched and expanded, allowing the patient to eat greater volumes of food. All this can leave people feeling frustrated and lost.
Thankfully, the New York Bariatric Group offers the people of Westchester and surrounding areas an effective and safe way to restore the weight loss progress originally promised by their gastric bypass surgery through the Rose or Apollo procedures.
About the Rose / Apollo Procedure
The procedure is endoscopic, which means it is performed without incisions, through the patient’s mouth. A specially designed tool is guided down the patient’s throat to the stomach pouch while under anesthetic. Through a few sutures, the pouch’s size is restricted thereby limiting its capacity and returning the patients on their weight loss path.
Why It Works
The Rose or Apollo procedures effectively reduce the size of the gastric pouch, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten and making the patient feel full and satisfied faster. In essence, it restores the stomach pouch to roughly the same capacity it had following the original gastric bypass surgery.
Advantages of the Rose/Apollo Procedure
Thanks to its endoscopic approach, the Rose or Apollo procedures boast a very short recovery period. If your procedure is scheduled early enough in the day, you may be able to return home the same day. You should also be able to resume your normal activities with a few days.
The other significant benefit of the procedure is that there are few associated risks or possible side effects than other, more invasive revision surgeries. The most commonly reported side effect of the procedure is a sore throat.
What Else Should You Know About the Rose/Apollo Procedure?
As relative newcomers to the field of bariatric surgery, there is little data available about the long-term performance or effect of the Rose / Apollo procedures.
After the procedure, you will be put on a diet similar to the one you had after your original bypass surgery, starting with pureed food for the first few weeks, followed by the introduction of solid foods.
Although there won’t be any incision points to check on, your doctor will still want to see you regularly following the procedure. The follow-up visits are very important to keep track of your progress and to make sure the procedure is successful and remains safe over the long haul. It will be very important for you to make a point of attending all your follow-up appointments.
If you have regained a significant amount of weight after your gastric bypass surgery, or if you have achieved less than 50% of your excess weight loss, the Apollo procedure might be just the right tool to get you back on track for long-term weight loss. Call the doctors at the Westchester office of New York Bariatric Group for additional information, and to book a consultation.