Learn how an incision-less and non-invasive procedure like endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is helping people all across the world lose weight in a short span of time in a safe and non-invasive manner”.
What Is Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)
When an individual wants to lose weight, they get multiple strategies or methods to choose from. Sometimes, having too many options results in confusion, and instead of losing weight, people lose their minds. When you are looking for a weight-losing procedure that involves minimal invasion, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or ESG is what you should opt for.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty works towards making the patient’s stomach smaller and ends up limiting the amount of food they consume. Though endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a type of bariatric surgical procedure, it is categorized as a ‘restrictive procedure’.
As opposed to regular bariatric surgical procedures, ESG is carried out with the help of an endoscope which happens to be a very thin tube holding a camera. This tube is used by doctors to get a clear vision of the internal portion of the patient’s body. In ESG, the tube enables the surgeon to get a good view of the digestive tract of the individual.
There are several reasons why ESG has become extremely popular over the years. One of them is the fact that it does not result in any kind of scar. Psychologically, patients feel very safe while opting for an ESG procedure.
Understanding the Scope of ESG
ESG, in a lot of ways, is a reversible procedure that works towards changing the shape of the patient’s stomach. If the individual wanting to lose weight has a bean-shaped stomach, they can expect it to assume the shape of a tube after undergoing ESG.
Over the last decade, this procedure has evolved greatly and many experts from the medicinal and scientific community have contributed towards it. It is now an outpatient procedure which means the patient can go back home the same day the procedure is carried out.
Somebody who is planning to undergo ESG should know that it is carried out after the patient is given general anesthesia. This is important as the doctor has to put an endoscope through the mouth of the patient and into their stomach using a camera.
After this, the doctor takes the help of another important device or tool to double-stitch the stomach’s wider part. This results in the formation of a tube-like sleeve that brings down the capacity of the patient’s stomach by around 80% and creates a small gastric pouch.
Since the capacity of the patient’s stomach gets reduced through ESG, the patient can only consume a limited amount of food after that. This also means that their stomach will feel full after eating a moderate amount of food. Because of this, weight loss happens at a faster pace.
Because of the way it results in changing the shape of one’s stomach, ESG has often been compared to another surgical procedure referred to as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or LSG. Since ESG has been designed as an endoscopic procedure and is incision-less in its approach, the risks associated with an ESG procedure are fewer.
Who Should Undergo ESG?
Every form of bariatric surgery makes it necessary for an individual to fulfill certain criteria to go for it. To undergo ESG, an individual should have a body mass index or BMI ranging from 30 to 40. Before undergoing this procedure, they should maintain a stable weight for at least 3 months.
If an individual is already going through anticoagulation therapy, they wouldn’t be advised to undergo ESG. It is also not recommended for those who are suffering from gastric ulcers or are pregnant. Those who have hiatal hernias bigger than 5 centimeters should refrain from it as well. Any kind of bariatric surgery is not suitable for individuals suffering from some kind of eating disorder.
How Quickly ESG helps You Lose Weight?
Since ESG is a fairly new procedure, medical researchers and scientists continue to study it in detail and are conducting extensive research on its effectiveness. However, the research that has been done so far makes it quite clear that it helps individuals in losing weight.
Depending on several factors, people who undergo an ESG procedure experience significant weight loss in a couple of months. While some lose a great amount of weight in 3 months, some take 12 months to lose those many kilos.
While you can lose 100 pounds by opting for an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, you must remember that you cannot be solely dependent on it during your weight loss journey. For instance, if you continue to follow an unhealthy diet, you will not see significant results soon. Apart from eating healthy and in moderation, it is important to engage in exercise or some form of physical activity regularly.
Reach Out To an Expert For Maximum Benefits
It is important to stay connected to the doctors at the health care clinic where you underwent an ESG procedure. They will guide you on how to make the best of this procedure and move towards a healthy lifestyle in a balanced manner. Dr. Abdulsalam Al Taie, a specialist bariatric surgeon at Al Taie Center in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, has performed endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty on several patients successfully over the years. Apart from being an expert in this space, he is known for taking a guided approach while carrying out such procedures.