ESG is a Non-surgical treatment and does not require incisions. It is done under sedation as an outpatient, the procedure is very well tolerated, recovery time is short and patients return to a normal routine after a few days. ESG is a relatively safe procedure and the overall risk of complications is low as compared to surgery. ESG is performed with an endoscopy. Using an endoscopic suturing system we place sutures in the stomach to create a sleeve and reduce the volume of the stomach.
Obesity is a chronic medical condition. More than 90 million people in the United States have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and are considered obese.
Bariatric surgery is an effective, long-term solution for the treatment of obesity. But only 1 percent of patients undergo bariatric surgery because they fear surgery, potential complications or anatomical changes. Doctors instead have developed minimally invasive endoscopic methods to promote weight loss.
What is endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or ESG?
ESG is a non-surgical treatment and does not require incisions. It is done under sedation as an outpatient. The procedure is very well-tolerated by patients. Recovery time is short, and patients return to a normal routine after a few days. ESG is a relatively safe procedure and the overall risk of complications is low as compared to surgery. ESG is performed with an endoscope. Using an endoscopic suturing system, the physician places sutures in the stomach to create a sleeve and reduce stomach volume.
Who qualifies for the procedure?
ESG is ideal for patients who have a BMI of at least 30 and have not been successful in losing weight with diet and exercise alone. It is also a solution for those who don’t want to undergo surgery or those who do not qualify for surgery because of the risk of complications.
How does it work?
ESG reduces stomach volume by about 70 percent; therefore, patients are not able to eat as much. ESG also decreases the emptying of the stomach so that food stays in the stomach longer, extending the feeling of fullness. Some data also suggests that it can also lead to a change in hormones to promote weight loss.
How is it performed?
This animation video shows the ESG procedure. ESG is performed completely from inside the stomach. The physician advances an upper endoscope (a camera attached to a flexible tube) through the patient’s mouth and into the stomach. The endoscope is equipped with a suturing system that allows placement of stitches in the stomach. The procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
How Much Weight You’ll Lose:
Results vary for each individual undergoing an ESG. Typically, patients can lose as much as 50 percent of their excess body weight. In a recent study, patients were able to maintain weight loss at five years post-procedure. Other benefits include improved blood pressure, better blood sugar control, a decreased risk of fatty liver disease, and even an improvement in sleep apnea. Commitment to the program is the single greatest factor in achieving success.
What is the cost?
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