Medical Weight Loss Management Questions and Answers
A balloon, or gastric sleeve procedure is a non-surgical treatment that can jump start your journey towards weight loss. For more information, please call Vanguard Gastroenterology today or book an appointment online. We serve patients from New York NY, Queens NY, Brooklyn NY, The Bronx NY, East Elmhurst NY, Ridgewood NY, Valley Stream NY, and Staten Island NY.
If you have attempted to lose weight with a healthy diet and active exercise regimen, but have come up short of your weight loss goals, a non-invasive gastric sleeve procedure may be able to help you reach your goal weight. At Vanguard Gastroenterology, we understand how important a healthy weight is for people seeking to build strong and healthful foundation for a long life. If you are interested in discussing non-invasive weight loss treatment in NYC, our experienced gastroenterologists can answer your questions and help you understand your treatment options, so you can make informed decisions regarding your approach to weight loss.
What happens during a non-invasive gastric sleeve procedure?
At Vanguard Gastroenterology, our goal is to help all of our patients achieve their weight loss goals without invasive surgery. We use flexible tubes called endoscopes to perform a gastric sleeve stomach suturing procedure. During your procedure, you will be under anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Your doctor will thread the endoscope through your mouth and down into your stomach and will then use an endoscopic device to suture your stomach. The gastric sleeve procedure will constrict your stomach, making it approximately as small as a banana. This process will reduce the amount of food you can physically consume, which will help you jumpstart your weight loss and maintain it long into the future. The entire procedure typically takes 1-2 hours, and most patients will be able to return home to recover the same day.
How much weight will I lose?
The endoscopic gastric sleeve procedure is designed for patients who are considered medically obese. This generally means they have a BMI between 30-40. The amount of weight you will lose will depend on your starting weight, overall health, and how well you stick to the nutritional plan developed for you by your doctor. On average, patients who undergo a gastric sleeve procedure can expect to lose anywhere from 10-15% of their body weight within the first 6 months. This offers obese patients an exceptional weight loss option that will help support their healthy lifestyle changes without an invasive surgery that requires weeks of painful recovery.
What is the recovery process like?
One of the benefits of this non-invasive gastric sleeve procedure is that it is typically performed on an out-patient basis, making it a convenient option for busy people. Following your procedure, you will not be allowed to eat for at least 8 hours, after which you will be required to follow a liquid diet that will continue for 1 week. Your doctor will work closely with you to ensure you understand how to approach your diet following your procedure. Most patients will move to a semisolid food diet approximately 2 weeks after their appointment before returning to a normal, healthy diet. Of course, your gastric sleeve is only one part of your weight loss program. You will also be provided with ongoing nutritional and exercise support as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that will help you achieve your health goals and support important lifestyle changes that can help you maintain a healthy body weight.
If you live in NYC and have considered weight loss surgery in the past, contact Vanguard Gastroenterology today to schedule an endoscopic gastric sleeve consultation. Our compassionate doctors can help you understand how this minimally invasive procedure can support your weight loss goals for a healthier, happier life.