New Weight Loss Procedure Showing Great Promise

A relatively new weight loss procedure offers an alternative to gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures without necessarily compromising results. The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedure is meant to deliver results similar to the two more widely known surgical interventions without the degree of invasiveness.

The endoscopic procedure works in much the same fashion as the gastrectomy. It essentially reshapes the stomach and reduces its holding capacity by about 80 percent. Unlike the gastrectomy that calls for the actual removal of a part of the stomach, the endoscopic option uses a special suturing device to mimic the process. The result is a greatly reduced stomach capacity without the potential micronutrient deficiencies and surgical risks that may present with more traditional bariatric procedures. While the endoscopic option is meant to be permanent, it can be reversed if the need arises.

A recent study involving the less invasive procedure produced very promising results. Researchers found that patients lost about 30 pounds in the first six months, which represented about a 36 percent reduction in weight. What’s more, they were able to maintain the loss a year out from surgery.

While the endoscopic alternative might not be the best choice for all patients, it does offer an alternative for those who might not be candidates for more invasive procedures. The process also delivers other results that may make it an attractive option for some. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and generally only requires a day or two of recovery. Most people find they are back at their normal routines within two days or so. The costs are also highly attractive. The procedure costs about a third of traditional bariatric surgery.

As obesity has reached an epidemic proportion in the United States and beyond, new procedures to promote weight loss are highly sought after. While the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy have long shown tremendous results, alternatives are needed that keep costs low and results high. This endoscopic option may very well achieve that goal for a variety of patients who struggle with weight. To find out more about surgical weight loss options, speak with a qualified healthcare provider.


What To Do When Dieting Repeatedly Fails

Most people are keenly aware of the health complications that can arise from obesity. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer risks all rise dramatically for those who are considered obese. Lowering those risks is possible when weight loss efforts are successful and the results are maintained over the long haul. Shedding pounds through diet and exercise alone, however, may not be feasible for everyone.

Weight loss surgery provides an alternative for those who have struggled to lose pounds without success. The options on this front range from serious abdominal surgeries to minimally invasive options that provide some short-term extra help required to reduce weight. Going in for bariatric surgery, however, is a very big decision and the option might not be right for everyone. Here are some of the signs that can indicate it is time to speak with a healthcare provider about more extensive weight loss interventions:

• Previous weight loss attempts have failed – Diet and exercise routine failure is not at all uncommon. Even those who stick to their plans may find they have difficulty realizing the results they need to improve health and prevent illness. If all safe diet and exercise options have been exhausted, it could be time to consider weight loss surgery or other medical interventions.
• Obesity has reached the “morbid” stage – People with a body mass index of 40 or higher may find they are candidates for surgical intervention. Morbid obesity can impact daily living while opening the door for a wide variety of related health conditions. Surgical weight loss has been proven to help those who are considered seriously obese improve their health while also lowering their disease risks.
• Obesity health concerns are present – While many surgical interventions are reserved for those with a BMI of 40 or higher, the presence of obesity-related health conditions can change the game. People with a BMI of 35 or more and a condition, such as type 2 diabetes, may find that surgical intervention offers them the assistance needed to lose weight and improve health.

Dieting and exercise alone can help many people shed pounds and keep them off. For some, however, more targeted medical interventions may be needed. To find out more about medical weight loss options, speak with a qualified healthcare provider.