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.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.

“It delays the emptying of the stomach, and food sits in it for longer periods of time. Patients will be able to follow a low-calorie diet, fewer than 1,000 calories a day, without being hungry all the time,”We’re not cutting or removing any part of the stomach or digestive tract,” Abu Dayyeh explained. “There’s a low risk of having any nutrition deficiencies, because you’re leaving the gastrointestinal tract and stomach alone,” he added.A weight loss surgeon and associate professor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, is skeptical.

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