Weight-loss surgery can be an effective treatment for people who have obesity or weight-related medical conditions and who are unable to meet their weight-loss goals with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise alone.
But undergoing surgery may feel daunting for a variety of reasons. For example, you may wish to avoid scars from surgical incisions.
Also, care providers do not recommend surgery for some patients because they are not optimal candidates for surgery.
Fortunately, if you want to lose excess weight without undergoing surgery, you have a nonsurgical weight-loss option that provides many of the benefits of weight-loss surgery without undergoing the knife: endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG).
At Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics in Atlanta, Georgia, our skilled weight-loss care providers recommend ESG as a viable alternative for some of our patients. In this blog, we would like to tell you more about this medically supervised nonsurgical weight-loss option.
Surgeons perform traditional laparoscopic sleeve gastroplasty surgery through a series of small incisions in your abdomen. Although the incisions are tiny, they are still incisions. Even the smallest incisions leave scars.
ESG is an endoscopic procedure, which means we access your stomach via your mouth, rather than through cuts in your abdomen.
During the procedure, we insert a camera and a very small suturing device into your stomach through your throat. Then, we skillfully perform the procedure without having to open you up at all.
ESG, when followed by lifestyle changes such as improved diet and increased activity, can lead to a loss of about 15-20% of body weight within a year or two.
Smaller stomach, less food
Whether you have laparoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or ESG, the way these procedures help bring about weight loss is similar.
Sleeve gastroplasty reduces the amount of food your stomach can hold. Smaller stomach volume leads to weight loss because it decreases the amount of food you can comfortably consume.
With less stomach volume, you feel fuller after eating smaller amounts of food, which contributes to weight loss.
Benefits of ESG
Our patients appreciate the ESG procedure because it delivers some of the following benefits:
- No abdominal scars
- Less chance of bleeding or infection
- Less post-surgical discomfort or pain
- Less need for post-surgical pain relief
- Quicker return to work, school, and everyday activities
Is ESG right for you?
ESG is just one of several types of bariatric weight-loss procedures available here at Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics. Each method has its pros and cons, and we can help you decide which procedure(s) you should consider.
If you’re interested in learning more about ESG, we invite you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, we provide more information about this treatment and let you know if it aligns with your weight-loss goals.
To schedule a consultation with one of our weight-loss care providers, contact us to request an appointment at our Atlanta, Georgia, office.