This Weight-Loss Surgery May Be Safer and Cheaper Than Bariatric Surgery

A new type of weight-loss procedure offers an alternative to traditional bariatric surgery for people who are mildly to moderately obese, researchers report.
The procedure is called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, and it involves using an endoscope—a flexible tube inserted through the mouth—rather than making an incision in the body. When the endoscope reaches the stomach, the surgeon places sutures in the stomach, making it smaller and changing its shape.
A small study found that the procedure resulted in a loss of about 50 percent of excess weight when measured six, nine, and 12 months after the procedure.
“We’re able to go inside the stomach to its connection to the esophagus,” said study author Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. From there, the surgeons use suturing equipment to create a banana-sized sleeve that serves as a mini-stomach.

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