Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty: A New Way to Lose Weight
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is a new, minimally invasive procedure that may be ideal for patients desiring a non-surgical route to weight loss. This procedure is for patients who are looking to lower their risk of weight-related issues such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, stroke, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease. Patients who are significantly overweight with a body mass index of 30 or more may also benefit from an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
During this procedure, the size of the stomach is reduced using the OverStitch™Endoscopic Suturing System. The smaller volume of the stomach allows patients to feel fuller with a smaller amount of food eaten, aiding in weight loss, and complication risks are lowered due to the minimally invasive process.
To ensure the success of your endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, you will need to commit to long-term, healthy lifestyle changes to your diet and exercise regimen.
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Full List of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Benefits
- Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is an outpatient procedure. Most patients are able to go home the same day after recovering from sedation.
- Patients typically experience less recovery time and heal faster than more invasive surgical procedures.
- By also following a healthy lifestyle, studies have shown that patients may lose more than 50% of excess weight over the course of a year post-procedure.
- On average, patients with a BMI of about 38 lose around 40 pounds after just six months.
- Patients with a BMI of about 45 have experienced an average weight loss of 73 pounds during the first six months.
- Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty improves weight-related issues including joint pain, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes.
- Due to the lack of incisions, the procedure leaves no visible scarring or external sutures.
- Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is reversible as the stomach is reduced, not removed.
Full List of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Risks
- The longevity of procedure results is unknown due to being a newer weight-loss option.
- Patients with a sensitivity to general anesthesia may not be candidates for this procedure.
- On average, the risk of bleeding and/or leaking is less than 1%.
- The esophagus could be injured during endoscopy.
- A sore throat for up to 48 hours post-procedure may affect patients.
- Patients not following a healthy lifestyle may fail to lose a significant amount of weight and/or will regain any weight lost.