Dr. Stuart Amateau is making weight loss procedures safer and simpler, and he predicts that advances in the field of bariatric endoscopy will unlock options to many more people who could benefit from weight loss. Dr. Amateau is an Associate Professor of Gastroenterology and the Director of Bariatric Endoscopy and Tissue Apposition at UCH where he has helped develop the multidisciplinary Weight Loss Center.
Dr. Amateau has played an important role in integrating endoscopic treatment into the Weight Loss Center’s mission of providing care for people struggling with obesity. His treatments range from the conventional to the innovative, and he focuses on managing the complications that can result from weight loss surgery as well as providing alternatives to traditional surgeries.
Weight loss, or bariatric surgeries, are major procedures that frequently require appreciable recovery and may not always be the best solution for the patient. In conventional bariatric surgery the surgeon makes an incision in the patient. But Dr. Amateau has been using innovative endoscopic techniques to facilitate weight loss without making an external incision and allowing for suturing from the inside.
Many patients struggle with weight regain following bariatric surgeries. Through a collaborative effort with the bariatric surgeons, dieticians, and physical therapists; Dr. Amateau has successfully tackled weight recidivism through specialized endoscopic revision procedures.
Dr. Amateau sees a future where bariatric endoscopy is commonplace. Currently, many who could benefit from traditional treatments are not in a condition to undergo major surgery: they are too ill, too overweight, or not overweight enough. Bariatric endoscopy provides a low-risk, reversible procedure alternative, opening the door to many in the obese community.