Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is a relatively new, minimally invasive weight loss procedure that has been gaining popularity in recent years. ESG is a safe and effective way to reduce the size of the stomach and help people lose weight.
The procedure is performed using an endoscope, a thin tube with a camera and light on the end. The endoscope is inserted through the mouth and down the esophagus to the stomach. Once in the stomach, the doctor will use a suturing device to reduce the size of the stomach by creating several small incisions. This reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, which in turn reduces the amount of calories consumed.
The procedure is relatively quick and can be done in an outpatient setting. It typically takes about an hour and patients can usually go home the same day. Recovery time is usually short, with most people returning to their normal activities within a few days.
The benefits of ESG are numerous. It is a safe and effective way to reduce the size of the stomach and help people lose weight. It is also less invasive than other weight loss procedures, such as gastric bypass surgery. Additionally, it is a reversible procedure, meaning that if the patient decides they want to reverse the procedure, they can do so.
The risks of ESG are minimal. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. These side effects usually resolve within a few days. Rarely, there may be complications such as bleeding or infection.
Overall, ESG is a safe and effective way to reduce the size of the stomach and help people lose weight. It is a minimally invasive procedure with minimal risks and a short recovery time. If you are considering a weight loss procedure, ESG may be a good option for you.