What Is The Easiest Weight Loss Surgery?

More and more people are searching for the easiest weight loss surgery to help them achieve a healthy weight and improve their health. Traditional weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy involve lengthy recovery periods, carry significant risks, and involve hospital stays.

Perhaps they think if they can find an easy weight loss surgery, they can get the help they need while avoiding unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, any type of surgery comes with risks and recovery time. Today we are going to talk a bit about bariatric surgery and what it involves, as well as offer safe, effective, alternate solutions that are significantly less invasive.

What Is Involved In Weight Loss Surgery?

There is not really any easy weight loss surgery. During a gastric sleeve, the surgeon cuts away and permanently removes about 75% of the patient’s stomach, and during a gastric bypass, not only is their stomach size reduced, but a section of their digestive tract is cut apart and reattached in a different location. Both of these popular bariatric surgeries carry multiple risks, including:

  • Postoperative infection;
  • Bleeding;
  • Blood clots;
  • Stomach or pouch leaks;
  • Dumping syndrome (where the stomach empties too fast into the small intestine, causing severe symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain);
  • Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals occur because the body is unable to absorb what it needs due to surgical alterations of the digestive tract;
  • Gallstones;
  • Bowel obstruction caused by scar tissue;
  • Hernias;
  • Ulcers;
  • Low blood sugar;
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation;
  • And more.

Which Weight Loss Surgery Is the Easiest?

Advancements in a newer field of bariatrics have provided less-invasive options for weight loss that are safer than surgery but still effective. These procedures come under the field of endobariatrics and include gastric balloons, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, and endoscopic options for revising previous gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgeries.

Gastric balloons and Suture Sculpt endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty can help individuals lose a substantial amount of weight with fewer risks and much shorter recovery times.

Gastric Balloons

Gastric balloons, such as the Orbera or Spatz3, are weight loss options that do not involve any surgery. A deflated balloon is placed into the stomach and then filled with saline solution to occupy space. Its presence helps patients feel fuller faster, helping them reduce their food intake, which leads to gradual weight loss. The entire procedure takes between 20 and 30 minutes and is typically performed on an outpatient basis, so there is no need for a hospital stay, and patients go home the same day. The benefits of using a gastric balloon to help with weight loss include:

  • There is no surgery involved, so there are no incisions or scars;
  • The recovery is so quick that most patients are back to their normal activities within a week;
  • The balloon is only temporary and is removed after six or eight months, depending on which option you choose. It can also be removed early if necessary;
  • Studies have shown the average weight loss for patients is between 10% and 15% of their total body weight in six months. Many patients can and have lost significantly more weight when they use the balloon in conjunction with healthy lifestyle choices.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)

Suture Sculpt ESG is another minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure that is performed using an endoscope. This long, hollow, flexible tool has an onboard video camera and a light, which helps the doctor precisely reshape the patient’s stomach from the inside.

During ESG, the stomach is resized with sutures that are carefully placed to create an elongated sleeve-like shape, significantly reducing the stomach’s usable capacity. This helps patients eat less and feel full sooner. Their smaller stomach takes longer to empty, so they stay feeling satisfied for a longer time.

The benefits of Suture Sculpt ESG include:

  1. It is a non-surgical procedure, so no cuts are used and there are no visible resulting scars;
  2. The recovery is fast, and patients are not given any activity restrictions after their procedure. Most patients return to their normal schedules in only a few days;
  3. There is no hospital stay. ESG is an outpatient procedure, so patients are discharged to go home the same day;
  4. The procedure can be reversed if needed;
  5. ESG can produce weight loss averages of around 20% of the individual’s total body weight in a year, but many patients have greatly surpassed this percentage. When ESG is combined with healthy eating, exercise, and other positive lifestyle choices, it can result in weight loss of 100 pounds or more.

Safe and Sustainable Weight Loss Without Surgery

While there is no such thing as the easiest weight loss surgery, both the gastric balloon and ESG provide patients with the opportunity to achieve and maintain significant weight loss. These endoscopic procedures come with fewer risks than traditional weight loss surgery and have much shorter recovery times. They are win-win strategies that offer the best of both worlds, allowing patients to lose weight and get back to living their lives.

Lifestyle Changes Are A Must To Sustain Your Results

Endobariatric procedures can be amazing tools to help you lose weight, but they are not magic, and much of your success in losing and maintaining a healthy weight will depend on the changes you make to your behavior and lifestyle. Eating a healthy, low-calorie diet, watching your portions, exercising, getting enough sleep, managing stress, etc. can all have an impact on your ability to lose weight and improve your health long-term.

Where You Can Find Non-Surgical Help For Weight Loss

If you are looking for the easiest and safest way to lose weight, contact Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center in NYC. These obesity-trained experts offer endobariatric procedures, including the Orbera and Spatz 3 gastric balloons and Suture Sculpt ESG, and they can even correct some issues related to weight gain after gastric bypass or other bariatric surgeries. They work with patients on an individual basis to identify strategies that can help them overcome the specific challenges they are dealing with. Sometimes combining two different strategies, such as prescription weight loss injections and the Suture Sculpt ESG procedure, provides the best weight loss results.

Dr. Steven Batash is an expert in performing endoscopic weight loss procedures, and his professional team provides comprehensive support throughout your weight loss journey and beyond. You will have access to dietary instruction, exercise guidance, lifestyle coaching, and the other knowledge and strategies you need to reach your weight loss goals. Set up an appointment to meet with us today to learn more!

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