What Is An Endobariatric Procedure And Why Would It Be Used?

The level of obesity in the U.S. is at epidemic levels with more than 30% of American Adults having BMI readings in the obese category. Many of these overweight or obese individuals also suffer from serious conditions that are caused by their weight.

Many understand that they are unhealthy and have attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise but have been unsuccessful. Unfortunately, once an individual’s BMI reaches the level of obesity, it is almost impossible for them to lose enough weight to bring it to a healthy level without medical intervention.

Bariatric surgery is one option however, many people do not wish to undergo surgery or do not qualify for surgery and this is where an endobariatric procedure can help.

What Is An Endobariatric Procedure?

An endobariatric procedure helps patients lose weight without having to undergo surgery. Endobariatrics is fairly new to the gastroenterology family and is an effective means to help many patients become healthier through a minimally invasive weight loss procedure.

Sometimes patients will ask “what is endobariatric surgery?” This is a confusing question because endobariatric procedures are not surgical. The correct term is endobariatric procedure because there are no incisions created or hospital stay involved.

A medical instrument that resembles a thin, flexible, hollow tube called an endoscope is used to complete an endobariatric procedure. The hollow endoscope is outfitted with a light and a camera which allows other special tools to be inserted through it to access the procedure site.

The tiny camera sends a “real-time” video feed to a monitor that is close to the doctor to help them precisely navigate through the procedure.

The endoscope is carefully removed from the patient’s throat to complete the endoscopic procedure. Since there are no incisions, there are no long recovery times, no visible scars, and no complications and risks associated with surgery.

Who Would Be A Good Candidate For An Endobariatric Procedure?

1. Individuals Who Are Overweight
To qualify for bariatric surgery a patient must have a BMI of at least 35 or over. In many cases, they also must be suffering from an obesity-related condition such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Some individuals would prefer to avoid becoming seriously unhealthy and would like to prevent reaching a higher BMI. An endobariatric procedure such as the Orbera balloon would be a perfect choice for these individuals.
2. Individuals Who Are Obese or Super Obese
People who meet the BMI requirements for bariatric surgery but do not wish to have surgery. Some high BMI individuals may not be able to withstand a surgical procedure due to their health and would like to take a less-invasive approach to weight loss. Sometimes an endobariatric procedure is used as an interim solution to help patients lose a substantial amount of weight before they undergo surgery.

What Endobariatric Procedures Are Done For Weight Loss?

Depending on the patient’s circumstances, there are a couple of different endobariatric weight loss procedures to choose from that offer significant weight loss potential.

The Orbera® Balloon

The endobariatric Orbera Gastric Balloon procedure takes less than 30 minutes to perform and offers significant weight loss results.

The Orbera balloon is made of soft silicone and is lowered down an endoscope while deflated. Once the balloon is placed in the desired location, it is filled with a sterile saline solution and the endoscope is removed from the patient’s throat. The patient can return home on the same day.

The Orbera balloon takes up about ⅔ of the patient’s stomach capacity, preventing them from eating too much during one meal and also helping them to feel full between meals. The balloon remains in the patient’s stomach for six months and then it is removed. Patients usually experience some mild side effects such as nausea for a few days after balloon placement.

The endoscopic Orbera balloon procedure is a comprehensive 12-month program that includes support with diet, nutrition, exercise, and support from other professionals if needed. The goal of this 12-month program is for the patient to learn to make healthier lifestyle choices that promote weight loss and become long-term habits. Patient’s have achieved significant weight loss results of anywhere between 33 to over 100 pounds using the Orbera balloon for six months.

The temporary Orbera balloon is removed through an endoscopic procedure very similar to the way it was placed.

The Suture Sculpt Endoscopic ESG Procedure

Suture Sculpt Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is a fairly new endoscopic procedure that was approved by the FDA after demonstrating significant weight loss results during several clinical trials.

ESG offers weight loss results that are even more impressive than gastric sleeve surgery. The procedure only takes about 45 minutes to perform, does not require a hospital stay, and patients are discharged the same day to comfortably recover at home.

During the procedure, the surgeon reshapes the patient’s stomach into a smaller size that resembles a tubular pouch. Then a special suturing tool is inserted through the endoscope and several stitches are placed to hold the stomach’s new smaller shape. ESG helps promote weight loss because the reduced stomach capacity helps the patient control their portions and they feel full longer.

Most patients recover in under a week and they are not usually given any activity limitations or restrictions.

Suture Sculpt ESG results in approximately the same reduced stomach capacity as bariatric gastric sleeve surgery but does not involve permanently cutting and removing any portion of the stomach. Suture Sculpt ESG can be reversible if necessary.

ReSculpt Endobariatric Procedure

Sometimes after patients have bariatric surgery they do not have the weight loss results they desired or after losing a significant amount, they begin to regain the weight.

Sometimes this is caused because the stomach has stretched out since the initial bariatric surgery or sometimes the opening at the mouth of the stomach has become larger. Both of these conditions can be modified and corrected through the ReSculpt endobariatric procedure without having to undergo additional surgery.

Endobariatric Procedures Provide Patients With Effective Tools That Offer Significant Weight Loss Potential

Suture Sculpt ESG, The Orbera Balloon, and ReSculpt endobariatric procedures provide patients help with some of the toughest parts of losing weight. Limiting food portions and curbing their appetites and when coupled with modified lifestyle changes help them lose weight and maintain that weight loss.

Choosing an expert who is qualified to perform your endobariatric weight loss procedure is critical to your safety, the effectiveness of your procedure, and in achieving your desired results.

There has been an urgent need for non-surgical endobariatric procedure options and to date have been proven that they are wonderful alternatives to surgery.

The combination of nutritional education, motivational therapy, psychological support, and endoscopic alternatives offers patients the tools they need to make lifestyle changes that will improve their health and quality of life long-term.

At Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center, we have had the pleasure to witness many patient transformations. Many of our patients have had the Orbera balloon or the Suture Sculpt ESG procedure and have met their weight loss goals. It is exciting for us to see patients share their endobariatric reviews about their experience with Orbera or Suture Sculpt ESG.

Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself! Take a look at some of these patient transformations. Orbera balloon and Suture Sculpt ESG endobariatric before and afters!

1.5 months and 30 pounds GONE with Suture Sculpt ESG!

-30 Lbs In 1.5 Month After Her Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (Suture Sculpt) Procedure

An endobariatric procedure helps patients lose weight without having to undergo surgery. Endobariatrics is fairly new to the gastroenterology family.

Amazing 24% REDUCTION in Total Body Weight In 6 months with Orbera

She Lost 24% Of Her Total Body Weight In 6 Months

An endobariatric procedure helps patients lose weight without having to undergo surgery. Endobariatrics is fairly new to the gastroenterology family.

57 Pounds ELIMINATED in only 10 months with ESG

-57 Lbs In 10 Month After Her Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (Suture Sculpt) Procedure

An endobariatric procedure helps patients lose weight without having to undergo surgery. Endobariatrics is fairly new to the gastroenterology family.

61 Pounds LOST In Just 6 Months With Orbera!

-61 Lbs In 6 Month After His Orbera Gastric Balloon Procedure

An endobariatric procedure helps patients lose weight without having to undergo surgery. Endobariatrics is fairly new to the gastroenterology family.

Contact Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center to learn more about endobariatric procedures and how they can help you! Set up an appointment today and begin your transformation!

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