Is Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) Right for You?

Are you struggling to lose weight through healthy eating and exercise? You are not alone, many people experience frustration when it comes to weight loss issues. Many people are seeking treatments that will help them safely and effectively lose weight and keep it off. Historically, bariatric surgery was the only option for those patients who had tried everything else unsuccessfully.

Now, patients are able to achieve the weight loss results of gastric sleeve surgery but without the surgery! Non-surgical weight loss is possible through a procedure called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty and Suture Sculpt.

Clinical trial results of patients’ excess weight losses of between 60% and 70% in one year speak for themselves. The ESG procedure with Suture Sculpt can help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss.

How does endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty weight loss work? Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from this procedure.

How Does Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Work?

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) reduces the functional volume of the stomach by about 70% limiting the size of meal portions and promoting weight loss. This non-surgical intervention makes you feel full fast and stay satisfied longer while training you to eat smaller portions. Combining smaller meals with a low-calorie healthy diet and daily exercise work together to help you lose weight consistently and safely.

There is very little recovery time needed after the ESG procedure because, despite the decrease in volume, the stomach maintains its natural blood, nerve supply, and intestinal continuity. Many individuals refer to this procedure as ESG surgery, but there are no surgical alterations made to the stomach or other parts of the digestive system.

Many prospective patients are curious about just how this procedure works to bring about weight loss.

The ESG Weight Loss Procedure

When performed by a highly-skilled trained expert, the ESG procedure itself is short and simple. While the patient is under general anesthesia, a suturing device is inserted into the stomach using a special hollow surgical instrument called an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin hollow tube with a camera that is lowered down the patient’s throat and allows the surgeon to see what they are doing on a video monitor.

The Endoscope also allows other surgical instruments access to the target location as well. The stomach is strategically shaped into a thin pouch and secured in place using the suturing device. (Suture Sculpt) There are no incisions made and no tissue is removed so recovery times are relatively short. Some patients return to work just a few days after their ESG procedure.

Another benefit of ESG is that it does not change how your body absorbs nutrients from the food you eat. After the ESG procedure, you will still get the nutritional value from the food ingested but you will be eating less. Many patients choose to supplement their smaller meals with a multivitamin.

How to Get the Most Out of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Weight Loss

As the patient’s stomach size shrinks due to the procedure, they will naturally find themselves feeling fuller after smaller meals. This helps individuals learn to consume less food in general. Portion control knowledge and conditioning are essential to maintain your long-term weight loss with any endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.

Post-Procedure Process

In addition to the initial procedure, all of our patients receive monitoring support for one year. After having an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, diet will play an important part in your weight loss success so you will also receive the benefit of lifetime nutritional counseling to help you as you learn about healthier dietary choices.

Patients can best sustain endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty weight loss when they commit to a healthier lifestyle. Consuming healthy foods and exercising regularly are essential steps for getting the most out of this procedure. While ESG can be helpful to kickstart your weight loss, you must still put in the work to preserve your results and maintain your weight loss.

How Much Weight Can You Lose?

Many people are interested in the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty results. You might be surprised at just how much weight you can lose in a short time with this procedure. What can you expect in terms of the average amount of weight loss?

Over the first 12 months, most patients lose about 20 percent of their body weight. While this may be the most dramatic time for their weight loss, they will continue to see weight loss through the following twelve months, as well, especially if they keep up with portion control and routine exercise.

Here are the statistics that most people want to see when you’re considering endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty:

  • 15 percent of total body weight loss in the first 6 months;
  • 18 percent of total body weight loss in the first 12 months;
  • 24 percent of total body weight loss in the first 24 months.

Keep in mind that individual results may vary from these averages.

Your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and continued portion control is the determining factor in how much weight you can lose. Results depend on how active you are and how well you stick to a healthy diet.

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