How Does a Gastroplasty Work?

Gastroplasty is a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach. It is done for people who are obese and can’t lose weight no matter how much they exercise or how strictly they control their food intake. Moreover, their weight has begun to adversely affect their health.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a minimally invasive technique used to reduce the size of the stomach. It is used for people who cannot have other kinds of weight loss, or bariatric surgeries but is not appropriate for people who have bleeding in their GI tract, have a large hiatal hernia or who’ve already had surgery on their stomach. The technique is an outpatient procedure.

During endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the surgeon uses an endoscope, which is a tiny camera attached to a flexible tube. This camera allows the surgeon to be guided by a monitor as they operate. When the camera reaches the stomach, the doctor makes a number of sutures in the stomach until it’s reduced to a tube. This limits how much a person can eat at one time. The operation takes about an hour and a half. The patient won’t eat for about 8 hours after their surgery. After that, they’ll have a liquid diet for no less than two weeks. They’ll then move on to soft foods, then to a regular diet. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is quite successful with most people.

Benefits of Gastroplasty

Besides rapid weight loss, both endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty spares the patient dumping syndrome, which is when food rushes through the stomach and into the small intestine, causing symptoms such as cramps and diarrhea. Because other digestive organs are not altered, the patient receives all the nutrition from their food.

Give Us a Call If You’re Thinking of Gastroplasty

To learn more about what gastroplasty may be able to do for you, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Batash Medical. At our convenient location in Rego Park, NY, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!

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