If you have been struggling to lose weight but have not been able to even get close to your weight loss goals, you may wish to consider getting some help. Many individuals do not understand the complexities of weight loss. They do everything they know to do, but they are unable to lose weight, and they become frustrated.
Sometimes this starts with negative self-talk because they feel they are failures and have no willpower. Unfortunately, this line of thinking has been reinforced for years by society due to the misconceptions surrounding the disease of obesity.
This blog post will give you the information you need to find help for weight loss. We will highlight the benefits of partnering with a doctor who specializes in obesity management and non-surgical weight loss procedures. If you have had a tough time losing weight and feel you are running low on options, this information will show you that there are alternatives for lasting weight loss that will work without surgery.
Asking For Help Does Not Mean You Are Weak
When someone wants to learn a trade, they go to school or become an apprentice to learn what they need to know so they can have a successful career in the future.
If you would like to learn to play golf really well, you take lessons from a golf pro. It is normal for people to rely on others who have expertise in their field to help them learn, improve, grow, or receive treatment.
Seeking help for weight loss should not feel any different. If your weight is affecting your health and well-being, or if your general practitioner has suggested that your weight is a health risk, then the signs should be clear that you need some help from a professional.
Why Should You Get Help From A Professional To Lose Weight?
Many people do not really know very much about how weight loss works or how many factors can come into play to thwart their weight loss attempts. Many times individuals have hormone imbalances, thyroid issues, excessive stress, inadequate levels of sleep, genetic factors, environmental factors, medical conditions, or elements in their lifestyle that prevent them from losing weight, even when they are trying their best.
Doctors trained in obesity management understand these culprits and have ways of identifying them. This makes it possible for them to create a plan of treatment that is customized to overcome these obstacles and promote sustainable weight loss.
A specialized weight loss doctor also has access to tools that can help you lose weight when you have been unable to do so by yourself. They can eliminate the frustration of putting in the hard work and not seeing any progress and although these tools will not do all the hard work for you, they will help to alleviate constant hunger pangs and regulate portion sizes; some of the most difficult issues that weight loss patients encounter.
When you lose weight under the supervision of an expert like Dr. Steven Batash at Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center in NYC, you have access to prescription medications that can help curb hunger and boost your metabolism and the best non-surgical weight loss procedures available today.
How Are Non-surgical Procedures For Weight Loss Performed?
These procedures are performed through a technique known as endoscopy using a special medical device called an endoscope. An endoscope looks like a long, flexible, hollow tube that has a lens on one end and a camera on the other. It also contains fiber optics that light up to illuminate the procedure area.
The endoscope is carefully lowered down the patient’s throat and into their stomach while they are sedated, and the procedures are completed from the inside. There are no abdominal incisions like those required for typical laparoscopic bariatric surgery. A qualified doctor can perform the procedure with absolute precision while guided by the “real-time” video streaming to a nearby monitor from the tiny camera. The endoscope’s hollow design also allows the doctor to introduce other special tools into the procedure area.
Endoscopic Weight Loss Has Many Benefits
Because there are no incisions, there is no visible scarring or wounds to take care of, which reduces the risk of infection and other complications. These non-surgical weight loss techniques are done as outpatient procedures, so patients can go home the same day and there is no need for a hospital stay.
Patients recover more quickly from these endoscopic weight loss procedures, so they can get back to their normal routines quicker. They do not require extended absences from work and allow patients to begin implementing exercise and physical fitness activities into their daily schedules right away.
What Are The Best Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures?
At Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center, we offer both the Orbera Balloon procedure and Suture Sculpt ESG as part of our comprehensive program for weight loss. Non-surgical procedures require fewer criteria for qualification, but generally, the patient should have a minimum body mass index (BMI) of 30.
The Orbera Balloon
The Orbera balloon program is a year-long comprehensive weight loss option that has proven successful for countless numbers of patients.
The first part of this procedure starts with the installation of a medical-grade balloon-like device into the stomach of a patient using an endoscope instead of surgery. Next, the Orbera balloon is inflated by filling it with a solution of sterile saline until it occupies the majority of the space inside of the stomach.
The balloon is left in place for six months and helps to teach the patient portion control. It also helps the stomach to remain feeling “full,” so it significantly diminishes the patient’s hunger pangs. The combination of the patient’s being unable to eat very much at each meal and the continued satiety helps the patient lose weight.
During the entire 12-month program, the patient works with a team of professionals who provide a high level of support. The types of support they are provided are customized to their unique needs and may be tailored to address underlying conditions. This may include providing education, guidance, and support in the areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, stress management, emotional therapy, etc.
After six months, the Orbera balloon is removed from the patient’s stomach in a procedure that is very similar to the placement, only in reverse. Individuals continue to participate in their 12-month program with the ultimate goal of modifying any behavior patterns that are counterproductive to achieving their weight loss goals and maintaining a healthy weight long-term.
Individuals who embrace and implement healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, getting daily exercise, getting enough sleep, managing their stress levels, drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day, etc. can reduce their BMI by losing a significant number of pounds and also reduce or get rid of conditions that are obesity-related. For example, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, serious sleep apnea, and more.
Take a look at some real patients who used the Orbera gastric balloon!
Suture Sculpt Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)
ESG or Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is one of the best techniques ever developed to help patients who suffer from obesity. It rivals the results of vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery (gastric sleeve). One great advantage is that you don’t have to worry about complications, drawn-out recovery times, or permanent excision of any portion of the stomach.
During the Suture Sculpt ESG procedure, patients are sedated, and an endoscope is used by the doctor to gain access to the stomach. The doctor molds the patient’s stomach into a reduced size and reshapes it to resemble a long thin pouch. The stomach is then stitched from within in different places with a special endoscopic suturing tool to keep it in this new compact shape. No pieces of the stomach are cut or taken out, and ESG is also reversible if the need arises.
The Suture Sculpt ESG procedure typically takes around an hour to complete, and then patients are monitored for a while before they are released to go home. The recovery from ESG is minimal, and most patients are back to their normal activities within a week. Generally, there are no activity restrictions after an ESG; however, patients need to allow their stomach time to become acclimated to its new shape and size. This requires working back up to consuming solid foods after starting with liquids first. The doctor will provide you with detailed instructions on how to do this in your specific case.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty offers patients the opportunity to lose just as much weight (or more) than bariatric gastric sleeve surgery but without having to undergo a surgical procedure.
Take a minute to watch a few of these short videos and the progress made by a few of our ESG patients! You can find many more on Youtube!
Medical Weight Loss – Prescription Medication
In addition to the best non-surgical weight loss procedures, they can provide you with additional help through prescription weight loss medication.
These medications were historically used to help patients control type 2 diabetes. Most were recently approved for weight loss use, and they have proven safe and effective. When non-surgical Suture Sculpt ESG was combined with one of these medications, clinical trials reported a significant increase in the amount of weight the patients lost.
Losing weight is hard, especially when you are trying to do it by yourself. The good news is that there are doctors like the ones at Batash Medical who have the expertise to help you accomplish sustainable weight loss.
Dr. Batash and his amazing team at Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center can create a personalized plan that is right for you! They will provide the tools and resources you need to modify your behavior, build new lifestyle habits, and implement strategies that will keep your weight loss journey on track.
The time you spend with the Batash team will yield you resources you can use for the rest of your life. Set up a consultation today to find out how a non-surgical weight loss procedure can help you lose weight and keep it off for good. Losing weight will benefit your health and your quality of life. Make an appointment and take the first step today!