An intragastric balloon is inserted endoscopically into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with approximately 600 ml of saline. This causes a sensation of rapid satiety and slows gastric emptying, thereby inducing weight loss.
The balloon remains in place for 6 months, while instituting new dietary habits and changes to be sustained after balloon retrieval. The balloon is then removed endoscopially at 6 months. At this time, you have achieved weight loss, learned to eat smaller portions, and make healthier food choices.
How long does it take?
It takes about 15 minutes to insert and
fill the balloon and the same on removal with deflation.
Is it painful?
Initially you may feel very full and uncomfortable along with some nausea. Which we anticipate, so medications are provided until this self resolves.
ESG is an innovative and non-invasive endoscopic technique that reduces the functional volume of the stomach. The concept of this procedure sought to mimic that of a surgical gastric sleeve in creating a tubular shaped stomach. However, with ESG, instead of removing a portion of the stomach, it is invaginated inward with sutures.
During the procedure, an endoscopic suturing device is attached to the end of the endoscope and inserted into the stomach. Then starting from the distal segment of the stomach sutures are placed to create a smaller, tubular configuration.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty leads to weight loss by reduced capacity of food intake, early satiety, and delayed motility. Just as with surgical intervention, the patient works closely with a nutrition team to create healthy dietary habits and lifestyle changes.
The procedure is minimally invasive and quick, allowing for discharge home on the day of procedure. It reduces risks of surgical complications.
Is it surgery?
No, the procedure is completed via endoscopy and you wake with no scars
How long is the procedure?
Typically about 1 hour
How long is recovery?
Recovery after the procedure takes about an hour. You are then discharged home. You feel back to normal in the next 2-3 days.
Are there any restrictions?
No, we recommend resuming your normal daily activities.