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Weight loss surgery has come a long way since first performed in the 1950s. Early surgical technique included invasive procedures and a long recovery time, and higher risk to the patient. With the development of endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, patients now had a minimally invasive alternative to traditional bariatric surgery that included incisions, staples, and a painful recovery.

During our Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Los Angeles, we reduce the size of the stomach, effectively reducing the amount of food needed to feel full and satisfied. Gastric Sleeve Centers is committed to the long-term success of our patients and go beyond just performing surgery: We work with you to create an individualized weight loss plan.

Am I a candidate for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty?

You may be a candidate for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty if you have tried traditional weight loss methods without success. Typical patients have a BMI (body mass index) over 30 to 35 and may suffer from weight-related medical problems like:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Acid reflux
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease or stroke
  • Gallstones

You may decide to have endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty if you are not healthy enough to undergo more invasive weight loss surgery. Our bariatric surgeons will evaluate your medical history and weight loss goals in order to determine if sleeve gastroplasty is appropriate for you.

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Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty vs. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) was the most common form of weight loss surgery before the sleeve gastroplasty was pioneered. It also involves reducing the size of the stomach to limit caloric intake. The LSG involves about five small incisions on the torso, and then the stomach is stitched together to limit its capacity.

During your endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty in Los Angeles, the stomach is reduced in size. ESG is performed without any incisions. All of the necessary surgical equipment is tiny, inserted through the patient’s throat (while under general anesthesia) reducing recovery time and leaving no visible scars.

How does sleeve gastroplasty work?

Our bariatric surgeon will administer general anesthesia, so you do not suffer any pain or discomfort during the procedure. An endoscope is gently fed down the throat into the stomach. All the other tools can also be inserted via the throat, with no need for incisions. Guided by the camera, the surgeon will reduce the size of your stomach. The endoscope and other tools are then removed, and you will be able to go home after recovering from the anesthesia. There are no incisions or stitches placed on your skin, leaving a scar, and little to no pain will be experienced after surgery.

How to Prepare for Your Procedure

Your skilled bariatric surgeon will provide detailed instructions for before and after your procedure. You will likely have changes to your diet or medications prior to your sleeve gastroplasty.

Our team of professionals will work with you in the weeks and months leading up to your procedure to ensure you are mentally and physically ready. A dietician and other specialists will prepare you for long term success by guiding to healthier habits, along with tips for maintaining weight loss.

Is there downtime after sleeve gastroplasty?

The minimally invasive procedure dramatically reduces recovery time. It is recommended that you take one or two days off of work to rest after the procedure. You will likely feel well enough to resume light activities the day after surgery, although it is normal to feel tired – the body is using its energy to heal.

You will be on a liquid diet for two to four weeks following your procedure, with gradual reintroduction of semi-solid and solid foods. You will also have follow up appointments with various health and wellness professionals in order to help you maintain healthy habits and achieve long-term positive changes.

Results After Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

The liquid diet required before and after your procedure will help you jumpstart weight loss. You will likely begin to shed excess pounds almost immediately and most patients continue to lose weight for six months to a year, losing 20 to 50 percent of excess body fat.

Committing to a healthy lifestyle is vital to your long-term success. A healthy, nutritious diet and exercise regimen will help you maintain your new figure and reduce the risk of weight-related health problems. Your lifestyle choices will determine the longevity of your results, which can last a lifetime with continued dedication to healthy eating and exercise.

Sleeve Gastroplasty Benefits

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is one of the latest generation of advanced weight loss surgeries. This groundbreaking approach to reducing stomach size offers patients numerous benefits, including:

  • No incisions or visible scarring
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Fewer negative side effects
  • Little to no pain
  • Natural weight loss without medication

ESG can help you get rid of excess body fat without feeling constantly deprived and hungry. Your appetite will be dramatically reduced so you will feel satisfied by consuming far less food. You won’t have constant hunger or cravings associated with fad diets. You also won’t be left with visible scars as occurs with some types of bariatric surgeries. Gastric Sleeve Centers will help you look and feel your best with minimally invasive sleeve gastroplasty.

To learn more about gastric sleeve and weight loss surgery in Los Angeles and Southern California, please call us at 1-855-690-0559.