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.