Endoscopic overstitch is a procedure that uses an endoscope to access internal organs without opening up the patient through the use of an overstitch attachment. The device, mounted on the endoscope, allows the physician to place full-thickness sutures within the body and watch and guide the procedure on a video monitor. Originally used in weight loss revision surgery, endoscopic overstitch is now used in other procedures where your physician needs to stitch through several layers of intestines or other internal organs.
WHY IS ENDOSCOPIC OVERSTITCH USED
Now commonly used by gastroenterologists, the procedure is often used in procedures such as:
- Closure of perforations
- Closure of full thickness defects in the gastrointestinal wall created during endoscopic full thickness resection
- Closure of mucosotomies during peroral endoscopic myotomy
- Stent fixation
- Fistula closure
- Post endoscopic submucosal dissection
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TESTING
As with most endoscopies, endoscopic overstitch requires that you be sedated during the procedure. Once you are awake, Dr. Asgeri will not only be able to tell you the results of your endoscopy but will be able to offer reassurance that perforations and other defects have been repaired while you were sleeping.
SCHEDULE AT OASIS ADVANCED GASTROENTEROLOGY
An Endoscopy Overstitch procedure can spare you from more invasive surgery. Contact Oasis Advanced Gastroenterology in Palm Springs to discuss an Endoscopy Overstitch with Dr. Asgeri.
Request an appointment online or call 760-699-7607.