A surgical procedure can help you achieve your weight loss goals, but it doesn’t provide the perfect results for every patient. Some patients will experience mild or moderate success shortly after the procedure, but eventually they may notice that they’re once again struggling to avoid gaining weight. For these patients, a transoral outlet resection (TORe) operation may be the perfect solution. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at the transoral outlet reduction and how it can help you if you’re gaining weight after your initial weight loss procedure.
The Basics Of Transoral Outlet Reduction
As we mentioned in the introduction, a transoral outlet reduction is only available for patients who have experienced weight gain following their gastric bypass surgery, so you’re not going to undergo a TORe as your first weight loss operation. Weight gain following a gastric bypass can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common is if the gastric pouch that was created during the initial operation ends up expanding. This can leave you feeling hungrier and make it harder for you to feel full after small amounts of food, which can lead to more calorie consumption.
A TORe procedure works to correct this enlargement through a minimally invasive procedure. During the operation, your weight loss surgeon will insert an endoscope down your esophagus and into your digestive tract. An endoscope is a long, thin flexible tube with a microcamera attached that allows your surgeon to visualize the surgical site through a video relay inside the operating room. With the help of the endoscope, which also has a suturing device attached to it, your surgeon can tighten the stitches in your gastric pouch. This will help shrink the size of the pouch and prevent it from expanding again in the future, helping to reinvigorate your weight loss.
Because no incisions are made outside your body, TORe is considered an incredibly safe procedure, and most surgeons can complete the operation in less than an hour. You’ll need to switch to a soft food plan during your initial recovery period, but most patients are back to normal foods within four weeks.
As you may have noticed on our website, we offer highly competitive rates for the transoral outlet reduction procedure. Since insurance likely won’t cover the cost of the procedure, we believe in upfront pricing. Our TORe is currently $7,000, and that includes:
- An initial consultation
- The procedure and fees associated with the facility, anesthesia and physician
- A one-time post-op RN visit for IV hydration
- Two physician follow-ups
- Three months of virtual health coaching to help you hit your weight loss goals as you recover and find your stride after the operation
So if you already underwent gastric bypass surgery and are noticing that your weight loss has plateaued or you’re gaining weight, reach out to a Dr. Bhatti and the team at the Bhatti Weight Loss Center. We’ll be happy to help find some conservative methods to help get your weight loss back on track, or we can discuss the TORe procedure in more detail. For help reaching your weight loss goals in the greater Twin Cities area, give the team at the Bhatti Weight Loss Center a call today at (952) 368-3800.