Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

This article was updated on May 2nd, 2024 at 07:43 pm

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), also known as endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, aims to reduce the size of the stomach through the mouth and without making any incisions, so that the patient begins to lose weight by eating less food.

Compared to traditional bariatric surgery, Endoscopic gastric reduction is less invasive, speeds up the patient’s recovery and reduces the risks associated with the operation.

One of the most obvious advantages of endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is that the weight loss process starts quickly and provides an impressive weight loss of 17-20% on average within the first year. Weight loss varies by individual but is usually rapid within the first six months and gradually stabilizes as patients adapt to their new lifestyle and dietary habits. ESG results are considered semi-permanent.

How is it performed?

Unlike the traditional sleeve gastrectomy, ESG is performed without any incisions in the abdominal area and without removing any part of the stomach. Instead, using a special endoscopic device, the stomach is accessed through the mouth and the stomach volume is reduced by suturing the stomach with a special suture apparatus.

Risks and Side Effects

Despite fewer incisions, endoscopic stomach reduction carries risks such as infection, bleeding and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

Common side effects include nausea, abdominal pain and sore throat. These usually resolve a few days after the procedure.

Cost of Endoscopic Gastroplasty in Turkey

The average initial cost of Endoscopic Gastroplasty in Turkey is $3,000 . The ESG price includes hospital fees, hotel fees, transportation, medical services from surgery preparations to subsequent treatments, as well as consultations and follow-ups.

Care and Lifestyle

The effects of Endoscopic Gastroplasty can last indefinitely with proper diet and lifestyle management. However, the stomach can gradually enlarge over time, which if not well managed can diminish results.

A phased diet is recommended, starting with liquids and gradually transitioning to solids. In the long term, a balanced diet with low calories and high nutritional value is recommended.

Alcohol consumption after ESG surgery is possible but should be approached with caution due to the calories and potential impact on the stomach.

Alternative Procedures

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty VS Gastric Sleeve

Choosing between Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty and Gastric sleeve surgery depends on individual health goals, circumstances and preferences. ESG is less invasive and offers faster recovery with fewer risks but may lead to less weight loss compared to gastric sleeve.

ESG is considered safer compared to more invasive surgeries due to its minimally invasive nature.

Options include intragastric balloon placement and lifestyle changes with diet.