A new, less invasive surgical option is now available to treat weight regain in gastric bypass patients. If a patient was originally successful with bypass surgery but now finds themself regaining some of their lost weight, they may be a candidate for the ROSE procedure (Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal).
The stomach pouch or stoma (the connection between the pouch and small intestine) may have stretched out in the years since the original surgery, reducing the feeling of fullness after eating.
To resolve this problem, surgeons use new surgical tools to create and suture folds into the pouch, reducing its volume and at the stoma to decrease its diameter. The surgeon performs the procedure entirely through the mouth without making any external incisions into the body.
Due to the lack of external incisions, the ROSE procedure is expected to provide important advantages, including less risk than traditional open or laparoscopic surgery, minimal postoperative pain, fast recovery time, and no scarring.