OverStitch is a suturing device used to place sutures on internal tissues in a minimally invasive manner. It can be used to perform a bariatric procedure called sleeve gastroplasty that is designed to reduce the volume of the stomach.

The procedure is performed through a thin flexible tube called an endoscope that is inserted through the mouth to reach the stomach. It involves the placement of a row of stitches within the stomach along the greater (outer) curve which when tightened creates folds or plications that reduce the size of the stomach. About 5-6 running stitches are placed. The plications extend almost to the junction of the stomach and oesophagus. A similar row of interrupted or running stitches are placed along the lesser (inner) curve creating a sleeve. This procedure considerably reduces the size of the stomach promoting early satiety and reduced food intake responsible for weight loss. The OverStitch system allows this procedure to be performed without a single external incision.



Weight Loss Without Surgery

The introduction of bariatric surgery has revolutionized the treatment of obesity and its associated comorbidities. It is highly recommended when diet, exercise and medicines fail to bring about significant weight loss in the severely obese.

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