Endoscopic Gastric Bypass Repair @ BWH,Boston, Ma....
on 9/13/07 3:47 pm
I paid out of pocket. My insurance is great about coverage for other things and saves me alot of money a year for various reasons, but it only covers RNY and as of the last few months, lapband. It is still on my credit card and have been approved for a home equity loan already. I will be able to begin my plastics soon, as this will help me get closer to goal.
My name is Michele Ryan and I am the clinical research coordinator for the RESTORe trial at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. To answer your question, this procedure is similar to the Stomaphyx procedure, however this procedure does not reduce the pouch size, just the stoma. We do have certain criteria that need to be met to enroll people for this trial. One of those criteria is the size of your pouch. If it is over 6 cm in length or 5cm in width, you would be excluded. We determine this during your screening endoscopy. Dr. Thompson does perform a stoma and pouch reduction procedure at Brigham and Women’s if your pouch is dilated, but he uses a different device than the Stomaphyx. If you are still interested in exploring the RESTORe trial, I would be happy to discuss this with you further. Just let me know what phone number is best to reach you at or if you prefer to correspond via email. Just as an FYI, we have a waiting list of patients for this trial so it may be 2-3 months before we actually have you come in for screening if we haven’t reached our recruitment goals by that time.
Michele B. Ryan, M.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator
for Dr. Christopher C. Thompson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
1620 Tremont Street - BC-3
Boston, MA 02120
Pager: 617-732-5656 #11343
The RESTORe trial is an endoscopic procedure with a suturing device. All the these procedures (ie stomaphyx, RESTORe and the procedure that Dr. Thompson does for the stoma and pouch reduction) are all considered Endoscopic Gastric Bypass Repair as they are all done endoscopically. Transoral repair of a dilated gastrojejunostomy is the name of the endoscopic stoma reduction procedure. Endoscopic gastric bypass repair could mean just the stoma (or dilated gastrojejunal anastomosis) or the pouch and stoma. Dr. Thompson’s alternate procedure is called the ROSE procedure and is done with a device manufactured by a company called USGI. The ROSE procedure is not involved in a study. You can have your name on both lists to see which study you can get on sooner if you want to. Hope that clarifies, if not let me know!
on 2/13/12 2:26 pm
Dr. Christopher Thomas is with the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. I had gastro bypass surgery in March, 2000 after losing 131 pounds I regained 80 pounds over the past 3 tears. After being checked out by Dr. Thompson I was found to have a fistula and he did gastro bypass revision on me where they sew the fistula closed and reduce the size of the stomach back to about 6cm which I think is a cup. They also make the outflow piece smaller. His new procedure is called the Apollo procedure. I had it done 4 weeks ago, you are on nothing but liquid protein shakes for 45 days, then 2 weeks of soft food, then back to the high protein diet but things that really have to be chewed. It is not like the diet they gave us back in 2000. You should not have protein shakes after this and you should not have easy to digest mushy foods that pass through quickly, now you are suppose to eat a balanced diet, still watching the proteins but chewing very thoroughly. We still only retain about 20% of what we eat but if you eat like this it helps keep you full longer and stays in your stomach longer. When I start to eat normally again it is suppose to be about 1000 calories per day. No junk food of course. I have lost 22 pounds in the four weeks mostly from prep and 3 days of not eating and now protein shakes. They say when I eat soft food for two weeks I will regain some of the weight because it passes through quicker and you feel hungry, and of course I need to get back to regular exercise which I used to enjoy until I got heavy again :(
on 2/13/12 2:34 pm
on 4/27/15 12:02 pm
Hi it's been several years now since you had this procedure done, can you give me an update on your progress.
on 9/28/10 5:22 pm