Aster Al Raffah Hospital, Oman, the multi-specialty tertiary care Hospital has successfully performed the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), a minimally invasive weight loss procedure in the region.
Obesity is an epidemic that is widely prevalent in the region and spreading at an alarming rate. Bariatric Surgery has emerged as an aid in the treatment of obesity, with various types of minimally invasive and non-surgical means of treatment. The newest of its kind, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a type of weight-loss procedure that offers eligible patients an alternative treatment option to surgical weight loss.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a less invasive, non-surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach using an endoscopic suturing device. This device is inserted orally to restructure the stomach, thus reducing its size significantly to about 70-80%.
Dr. Ashik Sainu Mohiyadeen, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Medical Director of Aster Al Raffah Hospitals said, “Excessive weight in the body is a medical condition that poses serious health risks. With Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, we offer our patients a wider choice of options to achieve their health goals by making meaningful and lasting changes. This procedure achieves results similar to that of a weight loss surgery but has more advantages and less complications in comparison to traditional surgical procedures.”
After this procedure the stomach remains intact, but is stitched from top to bottom leaving a smaller stomach that makes one feel full sooner. Performed on an outpatient basis, the patient experiences minimal pain and will recover within 2-3 days.
Ms. Seeniya Biju, Chief Executive Officer of Aster Al Raffah Hospitals & Clinics commented, “We are proud to extend the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty to the region, which revolutionizes the practice of weight loss treatment. Alarmingly, obesity among youngsters and adults is rising in Oman and it is the prime reason for diabetes and various other chronic health conditions. Our goal is to address some of the most pressing healthcare needs in Oman whilst offering our patients the best healthcare services for their holistic well-being.”
An individual, 18 years and above with a BMI of 30 or more who has been unsuccessful in losing weight through other means is eligible to undergo Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty. The procedure that lasts not more than 60-70 minutes is non-surgical and much less invasive than conventional bariatric surgery. It leads to significant weight loss but is only a tool to aid weight loss by allowing portion control. Weight loss varies from person to person and it is important to be aware of maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is best effective when coupled with a healthier lifestyle.
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