Non-Surgical Weight-Loss Available Through Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

ESG has certain advantages over laparoscopic surgery. There are no incisions, and therefore, little or no pain after the procedure.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure to aid in weight loss, is now available through Dr. Robert Marvin at Hermann Drive Surgical Hospital. Dr. Marvin is a Board-Certified Surgeon who specializes in surgery for the treatment of obesity. ESG provides an additional weight-loss option for significantly overweight individuals or individuals with a BMI greater than 28 who suffer from other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.

This new method, which avoids the trauma of bariatric surgery, reduces the size of the stomach through small sutures to create a reduced gastric “sleeve” in the stomach. During ESG, a triangular suture pattern is placed along the anterior and posterior lines of the stomach, and pull in the stomach to create the sleeve effect.

Recipients of the surgery have seen it aid in reducing a variety of obesity-associated medical conditions. Benefits include rapid weight loss, lowered blood pressure, and reduced cholesterol, as well as improved general health and quality of life. One recent study on ESG found recipients lost 14.4% of their body weight after 6 months and 20.9% of their total body weight within 24 months.

“ESG has certain advantages over laparoscopic surgery. There are no incisions, and therefore, little or no pain after the procedure. Plus, we have very few complications, so recovery time is much less. A typical patient should go home later the same day, and be able to return to work within 24-48 hours,” said Dr. Marvin. “The patient takes a 2-hour nap and then goes home.”

ESG is incisionless, and therefore recovering…

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