The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is an endoscopic procedure which means; no incisions or stomach stapling. This procedure reconstructs your stomach into a smaller size. This procedure is performed on patients that need help to kick start their weight loss journey. Dietary changes and lifestyle modifications are necessary in order to sustain weight loss long term. The ESG (Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty) procedure can often be “adjusted” in the future to re-instill the feeling of restriction that the patient felt following their initial procedure if needed.
This treatment differs from other weight loss procedures because it is a non-surgical option. Other bariatric surgery procedures require placing incisions in the abdomen, which carry a higher risk, a longer recovery time, and possibly scarring. Accordion weight loss surgery is performed through the esophagus. As this treatment is not an invasive surgery, there are lower complication rates, and a shorter treatment time is needed to perform the procedure. You will be able to return to your daily activities more quickly than a more invasive treatment.
During this procedure, your surgeon will insert a visual tool called an endoscope into your throat and down into your stomach. The surgeon will then make sutures all around the border of your stomach walls to tighten and reduce the size of your stomach. This is done through an endoscope placed down your throat, so there are no incisions required.
Endoscopic sleeve surgery is among the safest weight loss procedures available today. Since it is done using a minimally invasive technique, there are fewer risks for complications. Most patients recover very quickly from this surgery and are able to resume normal daily activities within a few days.
You will be on a liquid diet for a few weeks following your endoscopic sleeve surgery. This is to allow your stomach to adjust to its reduced size and reduce the risk of rupturing the sutures. Once you have healed, you will be able to eat solid foods.
This procedure is useful for weight loss and reducing the risk of long-term obesity-related health complications. The surgery can help to reduce the risks of conditions such as:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Arthritis and joint pain
Patients with these conditions often faced increased risks from being overweight. Once you have lost weight as a result of the surgery, you will likely find that you’re in much better overall health.