Anyone who has tried to lose weight can tell you that it is one of the hardest things they have ever tried. There is so much conflicting information floating around on the best, safest, or fastest ways to lose weight. There are also many different beliefs about why one individual has a harder time losing weight than another and it is almost impossible to identify theories from real facts when it comes to all things weight loss related.
Today, we are going to discuss one of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss and why many individuals need medical intervention to achieve their goals. We will discuss the non-surgical endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedure, the results, and how it helps patients lose weight.
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“As a social worker, I experienced stress every day and before I knew it, I was 300 pounds. I thought if I could just get started and have some help, I could lose the weight. Then I heard about ESG and set up a consultation and booked my procedure. I had the procedure done in the morning and was being driven home by noon. The first few months, there was tremendous weight loss and I have already lost 100 pounds in just one year. It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself and my health.”
“Having the ESG procedure was the best decision I have ever made. I had struggled with my weight most of my adult life and had tried many diets and no matter what I did, I just kept gaining weight until I was around 250 pounds. I was suffering from several health conditions as well as depression and it was hard for me to even perform routine tasks. I am down 60 pounds so far and am off most of the medications that I was having to take and I feel so much better. I did not want to have surgery and was so happy to find that there was help for me that was non-surgical. ESG is amazing.”
The Biggest Misconception About Weight Loss
Over the years, many myths about weight loss have circulated and some are still argued. One of the biggest misconceptions that often fosters guilt and depression in overweight and obese individuals is that they are unable to lose weight due to their lack of willpower or because they are lazy. Several studies have been conducted that have shown this to be false information.
This type of thinking has caused such a social stigma in individuals which is so intense that many of them are embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. Untreated obesity leads to a wide range of health risks and serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.
The experts at Simmons Advanced Weight Loss Solutions understand the complexities of obesity and how to effectively treat it. They work with patients to identify the issues that are hindering their weight loss efforts and put a plan in place to address these issues so they can succeed in reaching their weight loss goals.
What Factors Can Hinder Weight Loss?
Obesity is a complicated issue and the underlying factors that hinder weight loss efforts will be unique to each individual. Some of these factors may include the following:
- Over 400 genes have been associated with weight gain and obesity, affecting the metabolism, appetite, body fat distribution, cravings, and more. Why some individuals are genetically predisposed to obesity and weight gain is not known but some of these genes have been linked to difficulty in losing weight despite patient efforts (diets & exercise).
Also, environmental factors which they were exposed to in childhood (eating habits) can play a role in their ability to effectively lose weight.
- Hormone Imbalance
- Hormone imbalances can cause the retention of fat, especially as we age. Another thing our crazy hormones do to us after we lose a little bit of weight is they can make us want to eat more than we ever did before. This occurs because of a hormone called leptin that is released by fat cells and dictates the degree of cravings and hunger pangs we experience. Our levels of leptin drop as we lose weight, which sends up a red flag of distress to our brains, thus making us feel like we are starving.
- Our Metabolism Can Work Against Us
- The process that turns the food we eat into energy is called metabolism and everyone’s is different. Experts do not have a clear understanding of all the nuances, however. They also know that our metabolism adjusts to conserve as much energy as possible so when we cut calories, our metabolism slows down. This can be frustrating to someone who is trying to eat less and lose weight.
- Excess Stress
- When we do not have adequate ways to manage stress levels, our bodies manufacture a hormone called cortisol. This hormone promotes fat retention and makes it more difficult to lose weight.
- Weight gain can be a side effect of some medications such as antidepressants for example. They can make you feel hungry, cause fluid retention, and can inhibit weight loss efforts.
Medical Intervention Through Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Results In Significant Weight Loss For Most Patients
Medical intervention can address the underlying factors that work against patient efforts and prevent them from losing weight.
Historically, bariatric surgery was the only option for obese patients that were unable to lose weight through traditional methods.
Today, we have a newer, less-invasive option that does not involve surgery called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). After years of clinical trials and many endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty success stories, the device was approved by the FDA and authorized for the treatment of obesity.
ESG Offers Comparable Weight Loss Results To Gastric Sleeve
One of the most popular bariatric surgeries today is VSG (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) which is also known as the gastric sleeve. This surgical procedure permanently removes about 75% of the patient’s stomach, which limits the amount of food a patient can eat in one sitting. The smaller stomach not only helps encourage portion control but also empties out more slowly so the patient stays feeling “full” longer. Recovering from this surgical procedure takes between 4 to 6 weeks.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a procedure that reduces the size of a patient’s stomach without surgery or removing any portion of the stomach. The ESG procedure reduces stomach capacity, allowing patients to feel satisfied or “full” longer, eliminating two of the obstacles that inhibit weight loss.
How Is ESG Done?
The procedure is completed using an endoscope, which is a special medical device that is a long, hollow flexible tube with a tiny camera and a light attached to the end. The endoscope is gently lowered down the sedated patient’s throat and gives access to a special suturing tool that will be used to make the stomach smaller from the inside.
While guided by a video feed supplied by the tiny camera, the surgeon forms the patient’s stomach into a smaller tube-like shape and then secures this new shape with a series of sutures.
How Does ESG Help Patients Lose Weight?
The smaller stomach size limits the portion sizes of the patient’s meals similar to gastric sleeve surgery. The smaller stomach size also helps patients to feel satisfied longer because the smaller stomach empties much slower. Patients eat less, stay full longer, and can lose a significant amount of weight.
A recent study reported that patients who had gastric sleeve surgery lost an average of 43% of their excess body weight after one year compared to the 49% average excess weight loss experienced by patients who had the non-surgical ESG procedure.
Another study showed similar results and reported that patients showed significant improvements and remission in conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, GERD, and more.
Many patients who had the non-surgical endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty surpassed the expected average excess weight loss and lost more weight than patients who had gastric sleeve surgery.
Chart: Gastric Sleeve vs Non-Surgical ESG Weight Loss Results
|Type of Procedure||Surgical||Non-Surgical|
|Hospital stay||1-2 Days||0 Days|
|Recovery||4-6 weeks||1 week|
|Procedure length||1 hour 40 mins||45 minutes|
|Average excess body weight loss in 1 year||43%||49%|
|Alterations made to the stomach||Permanent alterations to the stomach (75-80% of stomach removed)||Reversible if necessary. No portion of the stomach is removed, just made smaller without surgery|
*Excess weight is the difference between current body weight and ideal body weight or the amount the patient should lose to reach their healthy body weight.
Losing weight is a challenge and one that does not need to be faced alone. Contact Simmons Advanced Weight Loss Center today and let our team of weight loss experts develop a plan that helps you reach your goals. We are here to support you on your entire weight loss journey with our customized program, which reinforces healthy lifestyle habits to get your health back on track.
Set up a consultation today and learn more about how ESG can help you lose weight without the risks or lengthy recovery associated with surgery.