Post ESG Care: What you should know after Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty
So you have successfully undergone ESG and are now on your way towards weight loss. Since now your stomach can hold only a few ounces of food, you will feel full with fewer bites. ESG is a non-surgical procedure and is devoid of many of the complications of surgical bariatric procedures. Your doctor will provide you with a clear diet plan after ESG so that you can ease in better to the new low food intake lifestyle.
In this article, we will discuss post ESG care and the best practices that allow you to recover fast and lost fat faster!
Diet post ESG procedure
Post ESG procedure, the patient will not be allowed to eat or drink the right way. Usually, a 4-hour downtime is given before the patient can have anything to eat or drink.
The patient can then start with clear thin liquids keeping sugar content to a minimum. The patient should also avoid carbonated and high-fat drinks. They can usually start with electrolyte drinks, herbal tea, or clear soups. The liquid must be close to room temperature where it is neither too hot nor too cold. The patient must swallow the liquid slowly and avoid gulping. The patient will be accompanied by a health professional to endure that they are given the right care.
The patient can leave for home after the doctor completes a final checkup. The advantage of ESG is that the patient can go home after 8 to 10 hours post-surgery.
The first week after ESG
During the first week, the patient is to follow the guidelines we have mentioned above, but they can increase the portions. Just to reiterate, solid food or soft food is still not recommended.
If the patient has any regular medications that they follow, they can continue using them. Tablets should be crushed and capsules should be opened before having them. Also, it is better to have the medication with some form of liquid.
During this stage, the doctor will review the dosage of your regular medications (like diabetic medication, cholesterol medications, etc.) and suggest dosage changes, if required. This is important because blood sugar levels can change post ESG as the food intake decreases. Therefore, medications like diabetic medicines need to be changed accordingly.
The surgery less procedure enables the patient to return to their normal routine rather quickly.
There are no restrictions when it comes to the type of physical activity that you can do. The patient can resume their daily exercise regimes and other physical activities. The effects of anesthesia may linger beyond a day, so the best choice is to start training after you feel comfortable.
Week 2 to week 4
From the second week, the patient may start having pureed foods. Carbonated liquids and high sugar liquids must be avoided still.
Pureed foods must be low in fat and sugar. The food must be soft and larger chunks should be broken down to smaller bits.
The patient must no overeat after ESG. The sutures may get stretched if the stomach gets more food than it can hold. This will reduce the overall success rate of the procedure. If it happens so, then the structures may have to be retightened.
The patient can now have medications as pills or capsules without the need to crushing them up.
- Milk (skilled, and unsweetened)
- Fruit juice or tomato juice (unsweetened)
- Scrambled eggs
- Yogurt (low fat)
- Protein shakes (low carb)
Upon entering week 4, the patient can start having solid food. The only restriction here is that the food must be low sugar and low fat.
Set a healthy dietary schedule for your meals like 3 meals per day and 2 snacks. Make sure that you chew your food well before ingesting it. Carbonated drinks should still be avoided and stay away from high sugar foods such as ice creams or frosted cakes.
The best tips for making your ESG a success!
Now let’s look at some of the best practices in ESG post care that will help you lose those extra pounds fast and in a healthy way.
Eat at a healthy pace: After ESG, it only takes a few bites before you feel full. Eating too much food too fast would fill up the stomach beyond its volume, and may result in vomiting.
Use small portions and plates: The bigger your plate is, the more the chances of the patient eating more. Start eating from a small plate that contains 2 -3 ounces of food (about a handful) and stop eating with the first signs of feeling full.
Avoid calorie drinks: High-calorie drinks can still make you gain weight if you are not careful about them. This is because liquids are not affected by stomach restriction and you can easily rack up calories.
Maintain good posture: Good posture while eating ensures that there is no obstruction in the pathway. Do not slouch or eat while laying down, always sit in proper form while having food.
Consult a doctor if you are not feeling good: After the initial 4 weeks, if you feel any discomfort, then consult with your doctor. They will run a few checkups to see if there is anything wrong with your body. You can also consult with the doctor in clearing all the doubts you may have about post ESG care.
Always choose a trusted clinic or hospital
ESG is a modern non-surgical weight loss procedure. If it’s done right, then the patient can experience significant weight reduction in a year. So you must choose a reliable name.
Be Better Bariatrics provides modern weight loss solution to fight obesity. We provide non-surgical procedures like Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) and ORBERA Intragastric Balloon that are highly effective in reducing body weight by reducing stomach volume.
Our team of experts guides the patient step by step post-procedure so that they can experience comprehensive care. It is normal to have many questions after the procedure and we are always ready to answer all your doubts. Contact Be Better Bariatrics to know more about ESG and the best path towards a healthy lifestyle.