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Who is a candidate?
The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is a great alternative for patients who are obese (BMI > 30) and therefore are not ideal candidates for, or do not desire bariatric surgery. The procedure can help obese patients with (or help prevent) diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease or stroke. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is often an option for people who aren’t candidates for other bariatric surgeries. The procedure is available to people whose body mass index (BMI) is above 30 who haven’t been successful in maintaining weight loss with other methods.
But endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty isn’t for everyone who is overweight. A screening process helps doctors see if the procedure might be beneficial for you. And you must be willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, regular medical follow-up and participate in behavioral therapy.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty isn’t appropriate for anyone who has gastrointestinal bleeding, a hiatal hernia larger than 3 centimeters or who’s had prior stomach surgery.
What is ESG?
The ESG is a weight loss procedure that uses an endoscopic suturing device to reduce the size of the stomach by 70-80%. With reduced stomach size, patients will feel full sooner and the stomach will not be able to secrete as many hunger-inducing hormones. The highlight of this procedure is that it is NON-SURGICAL. It is a new and excellent alternative to the traditional gastric bypass surgery. This equates to no incisions, no scars, and little or no pain after the procedure which usually lasts under two hours. In essence, the ESG is an even less invasive version of the minimally-invasive laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG).