Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a type of weight loss surgery that removes most of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch. The surgeon can then use staples or stitches to close off the remaining part of your stomach. As one of the more popular types of bariatric surgery, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty has been proven to be safe and effective in leading to weight loss.
It leads to less blood loss and shorter recovery time, making it a better option for many patients. This article will look at ESG into more details.
WHAT IS THE ENDOSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTROPLASTY (ESG) PROCEDURE?
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a non-surgical procedure in which the surgeon creates a “pocket” in the stomach that can be used to store food. It helps people with certain medical conditions, such as lymphedema and pyloric stenosis rate improved symptoms of bloating, fullness after eating, and discomfort when passing gas.
The procedure involves inserting an endoscope into the patient’s stomach, then passing a tube through the endoscope to deliver medication and burns off excess tissue that is causing problems. It is done under general anesthesia and takes about one hour to complete.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, ESG is a safe procedure. The benefits of the surgery far outweigh the risks, which are minimal. The procedure is more likely to make your stomach feel a little fuller than it did before the surgery because some of the food is diverted from your small intestine into your stomach.
The surgery is also unlikely to cause any problems with your blood circulation or breathing or cause food to move through your intestines too quickly.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Endoscopic sleeve gastric surgery is for patients with a BMI of 40 or more or a BMI of 35 with obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes. It is also for patients who have tried dieting and exercise but not had success losing weight.
Doctors may also perform it if your physician thinks this type of stomach operation would be beneficial for you.
This decision is made after an in-depth evaluation by your doctor.
Most people who are good candidates for the ESG procedure do not need any changes to their diet or activity level before surgery. However, if you are seriously overweight and would like to lose weight before the procedure, you may want to consider bariatric surgery.
WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
The procedure to remove a sleeve of your stomach is done through several tiny incisions. Through one small opening, the surgeon inserts a slender tube with a light and mini-video camera. This tube, called an endoscope, allows the surgeon to see inside the stomach during the procedure.
A second opening is used to insert instruments and reposition the endoscope as needed. A third small opening is used to remove unhealthy tissue from your stomach. The fourth is used to deliver a solution that destroys the fatty tissue.
After the stomach has been cleaned out, a small tube is attached to it, allowing food to pass into a pouch that has been created at the top of the stomach. The tube will be removed within seven days after your surgery.
Since you now have less of a stomach and more of a pouch, you’ll need to change your eating habits in order to avoid digestion problems and nutrient deficiencies.
Another Option To Manage Your Weight
It’s a safe and effective surgery to lose weight. It is an operation that fits well with people who are living with a chronic condition like bloating, discomfort when passing gas, or a chronic form of lymphedema (lymphedema) if they feel that the cause is in their stomach.
Before the surgery, you need to prepare your diet. Once you have done the preparation and are ready for the surgery, you need to get your prescriptions prepared and make sure that you do not miss any routine follow-up appointments.