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How can endoscopy be helpful after weight-loss surgery?

Many patients who have gastric bypass operations begin to regain weight over time, often because the pouch created to restrict food intake stretches. Interventional endoscopist Rabindra Watson, M.D., has been involved in the development of techniques that improve the surgical outcome by reducing the volume of the pouch endoscopically. Dr. Watson is also conducting research toward the goal of using endoscopy to perform the weight-loss surgery itself. “Endoscopy represents the continuation of a natural progression from open surgery to minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, to something even less invasive that has also been shown to be safe and effective, as well as reversible,” Dr. Watson says.

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