Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Review – ESG Patient Journey

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Review

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When considering a weight loss procedure with a short recovery time, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research beforehand. One option worth exploring is endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). By reading patient reviews of ESG, you can gather valuable insights before committing.

ESG procedure reviews are widely available online due to their fast and efficient weight loss benefits. The FDA’s recent approval of this procedure as a recognized treatment for obesity speaks volumes about its impressive results.

Following is an ESG review from one of our real patients. We have followed her and her weight loss journey since she began, and she is truly an inspiration!

Patient K had an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty in September 2019 and a revision in the Fall of 2021. Her story is inspiring and a true representation of how amazing of a tool weight loss surgery can be if used in conjunction with lifestyle changes.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Review – An Inspiring ESG Patient Interview

Dr. Chris:

My name is Christopher Ibikunle, I am a surgeon and one of the co-founders of IBI Healthcare Institute. I am here with Patient K who is an amazing success story, both in life, as well as in her weight loss journey. It is always a pleasure talking with you and I know you are busy, so I want to thank you for joining us today.

ESG Patient K:

Oh, you’re welcome, Dr. Chris. It is always a pleasure.

Dr. Chris:

Can you tell us about the past two weeks? How are you doing?

ESG Patient K:

I’m doing great! I had Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) – by the editor in September 2019 and about a month ago, I had a revision and I feel great! The weight is coming off, a little slower than the first time, but I’m just thankful that I had the opportunity to get some help to maintain my weight. I’ve been higher weight most of my life, and you know, sometimes you get to a point where you just need some extra help to get it done.

Dr. Chris:

One of the things that inspired me about you, is your ability to stay focused on your goals with life, business, family, and just anything you set your mind to. I’m so proud that you agreed to serve as a patient ambassador to inspire other people, including myself, on how to stay focused on the goal and just… not give up. You had phenomenal, I mean, the BEST results with the ESG procedure let’s talk about that.

ESG Patient K:

Originally, in 2019 within about nine or ten months, I had lost around 114 lbs. My original goal was to lose 100 lbs so I kind of superseded that goal and it only took me about 10 months to do it. I think it was probably because, at that time, I had a weight loss partner, someone who kept me accountable, and then I got a group of friends together and started an online group just to keep us motivated. If we slipped up or fell, we were able to help each other get back up. I sort of just created a family of people that were doing the same thing that I was doing. My family was tired of me talking about my weight, lol, so I had to find a group of people who were doing the same thing I was doing to achieve these goals.

Before & After ESG
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty results

Dr. Chris:

For most of our audience, who do not know, the average weight loss with ESG in a year is about 60 lbs. So having Patient K lose 114 lb, which is almost double the amount, is amazing! It is not the ESG procedure by itself, it just creates the necessary foundation to succeed. Can you tell us about the steps you took to get you to that 114-pound weight loss?

ESG Patient K:

I tweaked the diet because I was eating a slightly higher-carbohydrate diet so I cut down on carbs and chose “good carbs” like berries and things like that. I also really concentrated on portion sizes and then I ramped up the exercises a whole lot!

Dr. Chris:

When she talks about ramped up, she is talking about waking up in the morning and not only doing the exercise, but actually videotaping it, streaming live, and inspiring other people. We had hundreds of people just wanting to follow you and be in that “groove” because you were getting them to do stuff that they needed to “push” themselves to do. I learned a lot from you about low-carb alternatives like a pizza that doesn’t need to be made of flour, alternative spaghetti, etc. Tell us a little about these options that are equally tasty but don’t carry the punch of bad calories.

ESG Patient K:

Well, a lot of times they are using cauliflower to replace certain ingredients and they have low-carb options. I am a coffee drinker, so I use keto-friendly sweeteners and things like that. I’m not on a keto diet, I do eat carbohydrates but I keep them low, so I call it a low-carb diet. Some people seem to do fine with calorie deficits and I have seen people with ESG losing a lot of weight using different types of diets. I think you have to learn what works for your body.

For me, the carbohydrates just kind of blow me up and so I try to keep those low. Some people may be able to eat more carbs and still do well, but I think it takes that and the combination of diet and being more active. If you’re not a person who likes to exercise, it could be things like mowing the grass or cleaning the house. You’ll find that as you lose weight, your energy level goes up and you want to do more things.

Dr. Chris:

You started with a foundation of the initial ESG surgery that put you in the right direction. You told me you have lost weight before but you just wanted to keep it off. Additionally, if you have changed your lifestyle to become obsessed with health and are exercising regularly, then, would you say you came back for a revision? That’s one part that people don’t want to listen to, They think I’m done, I am doing everything right, but life happens. So tell us about that.

ESG Patient K:

ESG is a non-surgical procedure, but even for people who have surgical procedures, I don’t think any of it is a cure. I don’t think there’s a cure for obesity. I think some people have different reasons why they gain weight. Whether it is heredity or something that happens in their life, or their metabolism changes, or they just start gaining weight as they get older. I look at it (ESG – by editor) as a tool to help me. I was in a motor vehicle accident, a drunk driver hit me.

For over a month I was not able to exercise and I started noticing some of the weight coming back on. When I saw weight coming back on after I worked so hard to get rid of it, it made me a little scared and I decided to call the center and see if there was anything that could be done to help me. Also, after 20 months, I think my stomach stretched a little because I would eat a bit more than I could originally.

This was fine as long as I was working out but when I could no longer exercise, the weight started coming back. I felt like it was a little out of control and that’s when I called and asked about a revision.

Dr. Chris:

And we have successfully done that, What has your experience been with the revision?

ESG Patient K:

I think that because I was unfamiliar with the procedure the first time, I was super careful at the beginning, and the first time I was also more strict and careful. This time I want to lose about 30 lbs vs. 100 lbs. So I am not being as strict but I have already lost about 10 pounds since the revision, so that is great! I want to lose about 20 more pounds and then just be able to maintain my weight going forward. The revision has helped me with portion control and as I continue to get better from the accident, I will continue to increase my exercise.

Dr. Chris:

That is amazing! As you mentioned, we do not have a cure for obesity right now. It is a problem that can be genetic, metabolic, can also be stress-related as well and the high-calorie, high-processed foods that we have available to us. We have taken all the steps we can, We can make the stomach smaller, and we can reduce our portions but the fundamental reasons like genetics, we can not cure that, We are working on it but revision is just a fact of life sometimes.

Both non-surgical and surgical options, including gastric sleeve surgery, often require revisions. 85% of the people who have had gastric sleeve surgery are requesting revisions after only 3 years so, it is not unheard of. So do not be ashamed if you feel some changes are happening. Whether they are hormonal changes, age-related or stress-related changes, accidents where you can not exercise, or whatever it may be If you feel the weight is coming back, reach out and don’t wait until it becomes overwhelming because we can always come up with a plan for you. There are medications, a change in diet, or maybe even a revision to help you out. So Patient K, since the accident what kind of exercises have you been doing?

ESG Patient K:

I have started walking again. I love to walk and be outside so before the accident, I was walking twice a day and doing about 5 miles a day. Right now I am doing about 1 – 2 and am having to build back up to what I can do. I have not started back with my weight training, kickboxing, or swimming. I was doing some of everything. Right now I am just trying to stay moving, and getting myself back where I was by watching my diet.

Dr. Chris:

Walking, surprisingly, is one of the most underrated exercises that almost everyone can do and it burns a large number of calories, like running, but with less injury. Thank you for joining us today and sharing your story.

Video: Dr. Chris and ESG Patient About Weight Loss and Maintaining


Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Review – FAQ’s

ESG Patient

Patient K underwent endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, once in 2019 with a recent revision procedure a few weeks ago. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding this procedure.

What is ESG?

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a non-surgical procedure that does not require any incisions. During this procedure, the surgeon carefully gains access to the patient’s stomach through the esophagus. By skillfully employing between 7 and 12 sutures, the surgeon effectively reduces the size of the stomach by about 70%. The procedure only takes between 60-90 minutes, does not require a hospital stay, and has a quick recovery time. Reducing stomach size helps patients lose weight by restricting food intake during meals. The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty review illustrates the positive impact on a patient’s overall weight loss journey.

How Long Has Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Been Around?

The first published information regarding ESG was by the Mayo Clinic in 2013. In recent years, the popularity of this non-surgical procedure has increased significantly. Its short recovery time, low-risk factor, and impressive success rate have contributed to its rise in prominence.

How Much Weight Can I Lose With Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty?

Generally, patients lose between 40 to 70 lbs and as much as 20% of their body weight. For better outcomes in weight loss surgery, it’s crucial to incorporate lifestyle modifications. As mentioned by ESG Patient K regarding the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty review, the procedure is a wonderful tool to help patients with portion control, however, results will be greatly impacted by patient behavior.

Is ESG Surgery Successful?

Nine centers in the U.S. conducted a 2-year MERIT study (Multicenter ESG Randomized Interventional Trial), which included 208 patients. The average weight loss among patients was 49% of their excess weight. The benchmark goal for measurement to determine if ESG would be considered a successful option for weight loss is 25%. ESG more than met that goal through the MERIT study demonstrating significant success.

How Long Does ESG Surgery Last?

ESG aids weight loss and maintenance through committed lifestyle changes, like any weight-loss procedure. By continuing proper diet and exercise, patients can experience long-term results from ESG.

Can Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Be Reversed?

Yes, if necessary, surgeons can reverse or convert endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty into a different type of weight-loss procedure.

Is ESG Surgery Safe? Has Anyone Died Of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty?

To date, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty has exhibited a 90% favorable safety profile with very minor risk. Patients have reported experiencing side effects of pain and nausea for a few days following the procedure. No one has reported any deaths associated with ESG.

How Much Does Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Cost?

The Cost of ESG will vary depending on patient specifics and the bariatric clinic that performs the procedure. IBI Healthcare Institute offers transparent, all-inclusive pricing and you can check the cost of ESG using the IBI price checker.

For more Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Review, read our ESG Success Stories.  If you are interested in learning more about endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, contact IBI Healthcare Institute for a consultation. Our team of experts is here to facilitate and foster your weight loss success. We offer unparalleled support from the start of your bariatric weight loss journey and into the future. To find out if ESG may be a good choice for you, contact us today.

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