Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
What is an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty?
The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a type of weight-loss procedure in which the stomach size is reduced by using an endoscopic suturing device, without the need for surgery or removal of part of your stomach. This procedure is recommended if you are overweight and other methods of weight loss such as dieting and exercise have been unsuccessful.
At Valiant, we offer the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty procedure is performed by European-Board certified gastroenterologists with considerable experience in the procedure.
The need for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
Being overweight brings along a slew of related health issues. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is performed to help you lose weight and to reduce the risk of weight-related complications.
Who needs endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty surgery?
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is mostly recommended for people who are clinically diagnosed as obese. At Valiant, our doctors will first your condition before deciding if it is beneficial for you or not. The following conditions are normally required to qualify for the procedure:
- BMI above 30
- No history of eating disorder
- SBlood sugar under control
- No history of stomach ulcers
- Have attempted weight-loss through diet and exercise without success
If our doctors find you eligible, the ESG procedure can be performed even if a weight loss surgery has been done, previously.
What are the benefits and potential results?
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty can lead to significant weight loss, depending on how much you change your lifestyle habits. Recent studies have shown that depending on BMI some patients lose approximately 17 kg in the first six months.
The following conditions can be improved with Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
What are the risks?
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty usually does not pose too many risks. Patients tend to experience pain and nausea that can be managed, and disappear after 2-3 days.
Prior to the surgery
In order to be selected as a valid candidate for the procedure, your doctor might require you to do some lab tests and will also recommend a high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet for some days. You are not allowed to consume any food or liquid after midnight, on the night before the procedure.
During the surgery
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a non-invasive procedure that can be done using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera, and a suturing device. The procedure involves the following steps:
- The endoscope passes through your mouth into your stomach.
- There will be placed some sutures in your stomach, in order to restructure it into a tube shape, reducing the stomach size.
- After the procedure, you will be monitored closely for any complication.
As a result, you will feel full sooner, restricting the number of calories your body absorbs. General anesthesia is required and the whole procedure will take about half an hour.
You won’t be allowed to eat or drink for about 8 hours after the surgery. After that, you will be put on a liquid diet for two weeks. Around week four, you will be allowed to consume semi-solid foods, and eventually move into your regular healthy diet. Most people go home within the same day. It will take about 1-3 days to fully recover at home and return to work.