It can be frustrating to try every diet and exercise program out there and still see little to no results. If you are trying to control obesity-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the need to shed excess weight can be an urgent objective.
If you want to explore medical procedures to help you move forward in your weight loss journey, understanding the various options available to you is a good place to start.
With best practices from pioneer Dr. Christopher Thompson and world-class bariatric endoscopists, we deliver scientifically backed solutions for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or ESG Stomach Tightening to help you achieve your health goals and enjoy lasting results.
In this blog, we delve into what ESG Stomach Tightening is and why it could be the game-changer you have been looking for.
What Is Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty?
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG Stomach Tightening) is a cutting-edge bariatric procedure designed to promote weight loss without the invasive nature of traditional weight loss surgery.
On top of doing away with incisions or cutting into the stomach, ESG Stomach Tightening is also less invasive than laparoscopic gastrectomy.
It involves using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera and a suturing device to reduce the size of the stomach. The endoscope is advanced into the throat and down to the stomach, allowing the doctor to place sutures in the stomach.
When tightened, these stitches draw the front and back walls of the stomach, shrinking it and reducing its volume by 60-75%. This procedure reshapes it into a smaller, tube-like structure, limiting its capacity to hold food.
While ESG stomach tightening is not considered a surgical intervention, you will be under anesthesia and, therefore, unconscious throughout this procedure. Once done, the benefits are that you will feel fuller and stay full for longer, even with less food intake.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty for Weight Loss: Why Is It Done?
The primary goal of ESG Stomach Tightening is to aid in weight loss for individuals who have struggled to achieve significant results through conventional methods. The smaller size makes the stomach accommodate smaller meals and empty food more slowly, making smaller meals last longer.
This helps patients follow a low-calorie diet without feelings of hunger, making it easier for them to achieve sustainable weight loss over time.
Besides weight loss, ESG Stomach Tightening also helps reduce the risks of weight-related health issues like the following:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Benefits and Advantages of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Weight Loss Over Traditional Surgeries
Unlike traditional weight loss surgeries that involve large incisions, ESG Stomach Tightening is minimally invasive. This outpatient procedure is performed through the mouth, eliminating the need for external cuts and the possibility of scarring.
Best of all, it reduces the risk of complications typically associated with bariatric surgeries.
Patients may experience pain and nausea for a few days, but they may be given medicines to manage such symptoms until they resolve after some days.
Shorter Recovery Time
As a minimally invasive procedure, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty boasts a significantly shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgeries.
It is done as an outpatient procedure, so you may be discharged after being monitored in the recovery area for around two hours.
You may also resume your daily activities one to three days after your ESG and expect a full recovery after four weeks.
Potential for Weight Loss
Studies have demonstrated ESG’s promising potential in aiding substantial weight loss. As it restructures the stomach, patients feel satiated early and are likely to eat less. In essence, it curbs hunger without altering the natural digestive process.
This can ultimately help patients shed a significant amount of excess weight and see improvements in obesity-related health conditions within the first few months.
Studies show that patients achieve an average weight loss of 18% one year after ESG stomach tightening and that most maintain a significant portion of their first pre-ESG weight loss at least five years out.
Ideal Candidates for ESG Stomach Tightening™
Anyone with a BMI over 30 can be a candidate for ESG Stomach Tightening. Those with a BMI of 27 to 29.9 with any of the following conditions may also be eligible to undergo this procedure:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Fatty liver
- Sleep apnea
- Other health conditions related to weight
Discover the Difference Bariendo’s ESG Stomach Tightening™ Can Make
If you are on a weight loss journey but feel like you have hit a roadblock, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a cutting-edge solution worth exploring.
The benefits of this procedure, including its minimally invasive nature, shorter recovery time, potential for significant weight loss, and durability, make it an attractive option for individuals seeking visible and longer-lasting results.
However, not all endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is equal. As pioneers in ESG Stomach Tightening™, our doctors are personally vetted by the ESG pioneer himself.
More importantly, we practice best-practice protocols in every procedure, typically using 8-10 sutures compared to the usual 2-5 sutures to maximize weight loss.
Best of all, we continue caring for you even after the procedure. Stay on top of your weight loss journey with a dedicated care team that will monitor your progress for the next 12 months.
Request a consultation today to learn how an ESG Stomach Tightening at Bariendo can transform your weight loss journey and life.