Endoscopic weight loss procedures: FAQs

Are you planning to have an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty? Then, give this article a read. We’ve covered the most frequent questions about endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedures that’ll help you decide whether this bariatric procedure is for you or if you should look for other procedures. Log on to https://bariatricbrooklyn.com/ to learn more about weight loss surgery.

Endoscopic weight loss procedure FAQs  

Here are some of the most common questions about endoscopic weight loss procedures.  

What is endoscopic weight loss surgery? 

Ans. This is a new weight loss surgery that is minimally invasive. In this surgery, a suturing device is inserted from your throat into your stomach. This device produces a series of stitches in your stomach to make it smaller. This surgery is used if you’re overweight with a BMI of 30 or more and diet and lifestyle changes don’t work for you. This surgery makes you lose weight by limiting your food intake. As this surgery is less invasive, you can return to your everyday life early. However, similar to other weight-loss surgeries, you need to commit to following a healthier lifestyle. When you make permanent changes in your diet and physical activity then this surgery ensures you get long-term benefits of weight loss.  

Which person is suitable for ESG (Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty)? 

Ans. This bariatric procedure is recommended for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, and who didn’t get any benefit in weight loss by making lifestyle changes. In addition, it’s also for those people who don’t want to follow traditional bariatric surgery procedures. For this procedure, you also need to go through a screening process for the doctor to check if this procedure is beneficial for you or not. You need to commit to following a healthy lifestyle, regular medical check-ups, and taking part in behavioral therapy. People who have a large hiatal hernia or a condition associated with gastrointestinal bleeding should avoid this surgery and look for other bariatric surgery options. And right now, this bariatric surgery is not covered by health insurance, so keep that in mind before making your decision.  

How is endoscopic weight loss surgery performed?  

Ans. Before the procedure, you need to follow some instructions to prepare yourself for the surgery. The doctor may put a restriction on eating, drinking, or medication you are taking. You may need to follow an exercise program as well. During the procedure, you may be given an injection of anesthesia to make you fall asleep so that you don’t feel any pain at all. The procedure starts by attaching a flexible tube with a camera to an endoscopic suturing device. This device is inserted down your throat into the stomach. Here with the help of that tiny camera, the doctor operates the endoscope device to see inside your stomach without making any incisions on your abdomen.
 By using the endoscope, the doctor makes sutures in the stomach. These sutures change the structure of your stomach and give it a shape like a tube. This restricts the amount of food you can store and makes you feel fuller even if you eat less. This surgery takes around 60 to 90 minutes (about 1 and a half hours) to complete. After your surgery, you will wake up in a recovery room where medical staff will monitor you to make sure you don’t have any complications. When the effect of sedation is over, most people can go home on the same day. Some may need to stay for one day or less (for observation after the procedure).  

What is the risk involved with this type of bariatric surgery? 

Ans. While this is by far the safest bariatric surgery. But still, there are some risks involved with this surgery too: 

  • Some pain or nausea 
  • An allergic reaction to anesthesia is rare.  
  • Bleeding  
  • Small infection  

But these risks can easily be countered with medication. And you start feeling better in a few days. 

How much weight loss should you expect with this bariatric surgery? 

Ans. Well, if you follow a proper diet and lifestyle modification, you can expect 15 to 20% of total body weight loss in one year. Keep in mind, that these values can change if you do not properly follow your lifestyle changes. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a new minimally invasive bariatric surgery for weight loss. But it is not for everyone who is overweight or obese. This surgery is new and not covered by medical/health insurance. This surgery is good for people who want a less invasive weight loss surgery to get back to everyday life after a little stay in the hospital and commit to following a healthy lifestyle.  

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 We can also help you decide which bariatric surgery is beneficial for you and why. If you need any help with your weight-related problems or want to know more about obesity and Weight loss surgery like Gastric sleeve surgery, Laparoscopic surgery, Gastric bypass surgery, Sleeve gastrectomy, or LAP band surgery? Call us on  +1-347-384-5690 to get a consultation from us. Doral Health and Wellness has one of the best bariatric doctors and surgeons to treat obesity and weight problems. Book your appointment and walk in at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212. Book your slot for a weight-loss trial.