Recent years has seen the development of new endoscopy techniques to treat overweight patients. Gastric-endoscopic therapy forms part of the group of gastric by-pass techniques.
> 01. Intra-Gastric Balloon
A silicon balloon, filled with air or a saline solution, is located in the stomach under general anesthetic. After 3-6 months it is removed. This gastric-endoscopic technique coupled with a diet and exercise regime designed by our consultant nutritionist can help patients lose up to 20kg in 6 months.
> 02. Pose (Primary Obesity Surgery Endoluminal) Incision-free surgery
Under general anesthetic the surgeon uses a gastro-scope to create tissue folds in the stomach and reduce its size. The folded areas contain the hunger hormones. This technique will inhibit their secretion and suppress the desire to over eat after the operation.
The procedure is fast and offers the following benefits:
- Minimally invasive short-stay surgery
- Quick recovery
- No visible scarring
- Low incidence of postoperative complications
- Low level of pain post op
03. The Apollo procedure
The Apollo (gastric-sleeve) is an oral gastro-endoscopic surgical procedure for stomach reduction. It consists of sutures made in the stomach cavity and is carried out under general anesthetic.
The benefits of the Apollo procedure are:
- Minimally invasive and safe
- Low level of pain post-op.
- No external scarring
After the operation the patient must follow the instructions of their dietician to achieve optimum results.