Life after bariatric endoscopy

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Bariatric endoscopy is a minimally invasive technique that has now become a practical option to achieve significant weight loss. This incision-less procedure has a lower rate of complications and a faster recovery time when compared to bariatric surgery. [1]

Due to the minimally invasive nature of the technique, patients usually recover in a 2-3 day period allowing them to reincorporate into their daily life activities promptly. After the procedure, the patient is placed in a liquid diet for a brief period of time followed by a smooth transition to a healthier diet. A major advantage of undergoing a bariatric endoscopy versus a surgical procedure is the rapid recovery which allows patients to start with physical activity in the following weeks.

The process that follows afterward consists of regular follow-up visits, a balanced diet with appropriate nutrient intake, and an exercise plan. Commitment to the process is easier when results are evident and motivation increases on a daily basis.

The effectiveness of bariatric endoscopy has been demonstrated by multiple studies that report a high success rate with minimal complications. Patients can expect to lose up to 20% of their total body weight and up to 60% of excess weight in a 12-month period. [2, 3] Health benefits are recognized from the first month after the procedure. The immediate weight loss has a direct impact in a person’s health by reducing the chronic state of inflammation usually seen in obesity. In the long-term, bariatric endoscopy can improve other conditions related to obesity, such as heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, among other conditions. [3, 4]

Life after bariatric endoscopy is full of positive changes and awaits you.

References:

  1. Kumbhari V, et al. Bariatric Endoscopy: State-Of-The-Art. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2017;33(5):358-365.
  2. Barrichello S, et al. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty in the management of overweight and obesity: an international multicenter study. Gastrointest Endosc. 2019;90(5):770-780.
  3. Sharaiha RZ, et al. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Significant Reduces Body Mass Index and Metabolic Complications in Obese Patients. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017;15(4):504-510.
  4. Pearl RL, et al. Short- and Long- term changes in health-related quality of life with weight loss: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018;26(6);985-991.

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