20 August, 2023

Can Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Be Reversed?

Losing weight is not an easy task and cannot be done entirely on your own. Long ago, people realized the complexity of the obesity issue and involved doctors and medicine in the fight against large amounts of extra body weight. Nowadays thanks to years of research, there are many innovative medical methods for weight loss that are safe and effective. Dr. Sarkar and Dr. Shahid are experienced weight loss specialists who offer their patients one of the most popular non-surgical weight loss procedures – endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG).

We believe that our patients should make informed decisions when it comes to their health. That’s why we are very transparent and open about every aspect of the treatment. Very often people ask if ESG can be reversed. In this article, we will answer this question in detail to help our patients have a better understanding of this state-of-art procedure.

ESG Is Safe And Reversible

There are many reasons why the ESG procedure is popular including its nature of reversibility. Let’s look at them in more detail.

  1. ESG is a minimally invasive treatment that does not involve any incisions or cuts. Therefore, after losing weight with ESG and achieving your dream body shapes, you will be able to wear your favorite beach tops and have nothing to worry about because your skin has no signs of scars that are usually associated with bariatric surgeries.
  2. It is a 100% non-surgical procedure. So, if for any reason you cannot or do not want to have bariatric surgery but aim to achieve significant weight loss, ESG is an excellent choice for you.
  3. As we already said there are no cuts involved in this procedure. In ESG your stomach gets folded with the help of sutures that are placed using an endoscope and suturing device. No part of the stomach is removed and as a result, the anatomy is not altered at all. Therefore, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty can be reversed to some degree in many cases.

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty

ESG Can Be Reversed But It Is Rare To Do So

At Reveal Weight Loss we offer high quality endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedure which is meant to stay permanent and provide you with sustainable long-term weight loss. However, as stated above, it is possible to reverse the procedure to some degree in the same way as it was done initially, with an endoscope and endoscopic scissors. This way we can restore the volume and shape of your stomach. However, it is not recommended to undo the procedure if there is no significant reason for doing so. Generally, it is a rare occurrence to reverse the ESG procedure.

It is very uncommon that the sutures placed during the ESG procedure that keep the stomach folded like an accordion fail. But even if they do, This most likely will not have any effect because over time the stitched areas remodel and are reinforced with new tissue keeping the shape of a tube created by the ESG procedure secure.

Why Reversibility Of Endoscopic Sleeve Is Good

The fact that Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty can be reversed is a huge advantage over many other bariatric procedures and surgeries.

First of all, the reversibility of ESG provides you with safety, flexibility, and freedom. Although the complication rate is minimal, in case of any adverse events, you can go back and have your stomach restored more or less to its original shape, depending on the timing of the reversal.

ESG is a very effective and safe procedure with reversible nature that gives you options to try other weight loss methods later if needed. For example, you can safely convert ESG to bariatric surgery like sleeve gastrectomy if there is a need. So, ESG is a great choice for those who are on the fence about choosing bariatric surgery or safe and effective non-surgical solutions like endoscopic sleeves.

If you do not want to take unnecessary risks and still achieve great weight loss results, ESG is a terrific option.


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