A newer kind of minimally invasive weight-loss technique is endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. A suturing device is placed into your esophagus and down to your stomach.

Dr. Alexander during a procedureEndoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a weight loss technique that is minimally invasive. Dr. Ramirez specialize in this low-risk weight loss technique.

Endoscopic sleeve plication is a relatively new procedure that mimics the effect of laparoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. However, with the endoscopic approach, there are no incisions, and we access the stomach through the mouth.

During this procedure, we put a patient under general anesthesia and assess their stomach to make sure there are no mass, tumors or ulcers. Once we know their stomach is okay, we put in a regular endoscope, a tube that has a light and camera attached to it and attach an additional device that allows the surgeon to suture inside the stomach. We then suture the stomach in a way that it kind of folds into itself and into a banana shape.

Benefits of Endoscopic Sleeve

With an endoscopic sleeve, the patient will have the same restrictions in terms of food consumption as they do with a laparoscopic sleeve procedure. However, the difference is that we don’t have to make any cuts to access the stomach. It’s all done through the mouth, and you can go home the same day and back to work the following day.

The obvious benefit of this procedure is that endoscopic sleeve plication is much less invasive. Still, it produces similar outcomes as a laparoscopic approach. Compared to a balloon procedure, in which a balloon is inserted into the stomach to make a patient feel partially full, endoscopic sleeve lasts longer and leads to more weight loss. Endoscopic sleeve plication also can be redone again several years later, so if a patient needs a revision, we can easily perform one.

Who is a Candidate for This Procedure?

Patients who have a BMI under 40 are the best candidates for this procedure. Also, patients that have a BMI in the 30 to 35 range, which is considered obese, also have the option to get this procedure, since weight loss surgery typically isn’t a covered insurance benefit for people in this BMI range. That’s another significant benefit of the endoscopic sleeve procedure — it opens weight loss surgery to a whole new selection of patients who haven’t been able to lose weight from diet and exercise alone and need other alternatives.

Arrange Your Consultation

To get started with your endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty surgery in St. Petersburg, FL, contact the office of Dr. Alexander Ramirez. Thanks to Dr. Ramirez, you can achieve the weight-loss results you’ve been hoping for.