Apollo Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is a promising advancement in the treatment of obesity that offers an obese person a great chance of having a significant weight reduction in a short period. Apollo Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty considered as a promising form of weight reduction treatment. Its biggest appeal is that patients benefit from a reduced risk level and quicker recovery period since it is a non-surgical and incisionless procedure of weight-loss.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, utilizing an endoscopic suture system (Apollo, decreases the size of the stomach without the need for surgery. If the person is severely overweight (Over 30 on BMI) and can't drop weight with a proper diet and exercise program, this treatment may be a good choice for him/her.
Apollo Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty contributes to substantial weight reduction and enhancement in quality of life. By controlling how much can someone consume, it helps to lose weight significantly. The surgery is minimally invasive which decreases the possibility of any possible complications.
Apollo Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is like most weight reduction treatments, it requires adherence to a healthy lifestyle. Such as making permanent adjustments to diet and starting daily exercise.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is done to help reduce the overweight and prevent the chance of having health issues related to extra weight and obesity, such as:
Generally, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is an alternative form of treatment for some of the bariatric procedures and for individuals who are not candidates for other bariatric surgery types. This procedure is applicable and suitable to those whose BMI is 30 or higher, or others who have not been responsive with just diet and exercises.
It is should be known that Apollo Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty isn't necessary right for all people that are morbid obese. Before anyone tries to undergo such a surgery, a full health checkup and test must be done by a specialized bariatric doctor in order to make sure that person is the right candidate for the surgery. Also, it should be understood that surgery itself won’t help to reduce weight as it is expected without applying a healthy supervised nutrition plan and performing daily exercises and engaging in continuing counselling.
The ESG surgery is conducted by a system called “Apollo Overstitch”. Which is a device that is inserted in the stomach from the mouth that helps one to insert a variety of sutures (stitches) within the stomach to greatly decrease its size by up to 70 - 80%. The sutures modify the stomach's form, making it shaped like a tube, which is mimicking the sleeve gastrectomy. The surgery is conducted under general anesthesia in order to remove any discomfort might happen. The surgery requires approximately 90 minutes and patients in general can go home at the same day of surgery. In some cases they might stay for one or two days under supervision of the medical staff.
However, unlike other bariatric surgeries, in order to reach the abdominal cavity, there is no need to make any incisions, thereby reducing the harm and ensuring a quick recovery period.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty procedure demonstrated a highly strong safety record in all cases. After the treatment, pain and nausea can persist for many days. Typically, these conditions can be treated with pain and nausea medication. In general, most patients felt better after two days of surgery.
After the procedure finishes, the patients will not be allowed to eat any food for approximately 8 hours. After that patients will be allowed to have only liquids for two weeks. After that patients can start having semi-liquid foods for four weeks then they can move on to a healthy diet. There will be a medical and nutrition checkup on a weekly or monthly basis and all dietary instructions will be provided and privately tailorized.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty led to a significant weight reduction in many cases. But the surgery itself won’t be enough if patients would not obey to a healthy diet and lifestyle and follow nutritionists’ instructions. Many cases and studies conducted on obese people with an over 38 BMI who were subjected to endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty showed that they were able to lose around 20 kgs within a 6 months period after surgery and an average weight loss around 25 kg after 12 months. Same studies on people with BMI around 45 showed weight reduction of about 33 kg within the first 6 months of surgery. It also showed an improvement on many health conditions related to obesity such as; Heart disease or stroke, High blood pressure and diabetes (Type 2). In summary, Apollo Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty leads to a significant weight loss about 15-20% over a 12-18 month period and it helps to prevent the development to many health problems related to obesity.