Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is an endoscopic minimally invasive weight loss procedure, where a commercially available, FDA approved suturing device (Overstitch™) is used to reduce the stomach volume by 80%. This is accomplished by a series of endoscopically placed stitches through the stomach wall. Reducing the volume of your stomach reduces the amount of food and liquid your stomach can hold at one time and helps you to lose weight by taking in fewer calories than your body uses in a day.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty means:
The procedure is done under general anesthesia which means you will be asleep during the entire procedure. The procedure is done using a narrow lighted tube called an endoscope, which has surgical tools and a tiny camera on it. It is gently guided down your esophagus and into your stomach. The procedure lasts about 1-2 hours and most people leave the hospital the same day as the procedure, though some may stay overnight for monitoring.
It is necessary to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 to be eligible for the ESG procedure. Your BMI is a calculation based on your height and weight. In order to determine if this is a good weight loss method for you, our bariatric team take into account among other things; your overall health history, current health problems, past efforts to lose weight and willingness to make long-term lifestyle changes.
The ESG procedure, used alongside lifestyle and diet changes, is intended to help you lose weight. Weight loss can help prevent or improve many health problems that are associated with excess body weight, including:
Multi-center ESG Randomized Interventional Trial (MERIT-Trial)
The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is an incisionless surgical procedure done to reduce the size of the stomach. An ESG reduces the amount of food and liquid your stomach can hold at one time. Having this procedure can help you eat less, better manage your weight and reduce the risks and adverse health effects that come from being overweight.
Note: This procedure does not remove fat from the body. It is one of many tools you can use to help you manage your weight. In order for this procedure to help you succeed, you need to eat healthfully and exercise.