How is Apollo Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Performed?

There is a significant increase in the number of people with obesity problems due to various factors, especially nutritional irregularity and wrong eating habits. Regardless of men and women, people with overweight problems also experience an increase in diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and vascular disease. The increase in such diseases negatively affects the health and quality of life of the person. Naturally, as a result of this, various methods come to the fore to get rid of excess weight.

People with overweight problems need to make some lifestyle changes in order to lose their excess weight and maintain their new weight. In addition to lifestyle changes, weight loss can be achieved by various methods such as medications, as well as endoscopic and surgical techniques.

Endoscopic methods, which have been used very frequently recently, are considered to be ideal methods for patients who have various concerns about performing bariatric surgical procedures or who are not considered suitable for bariatric surgical procedures.

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, which is among the new endoscopic treatments, is a prominent method with its effective results and low side effects. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a non-surgical procedure. Within the scope of the procedure, the stomach size is reduced by using an endoscopic suture device. 

Apollo endoscopic gastroplasty, also known as Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction, is a new and effective technique that is frequently used in the treatment of mild to moderate obesity cases.

Apollo Endoscopic Stomach Reduction Is a Comfortable Procedure

The decision of suitability for the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure is made after the evaluations made for each patient. There is no need to make an incision in the patient’s abdomen for the application of the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction technique. As part of the minimally invasive procedure applied only for the treatment of obesity, an endoscopic device is entered through the patient’s mouth. 

After the procedure is started with triangular sutures, the area close to the stomach exit is narrowed to the part of the stomach and esophagus junction. With this procedure, a reduction in stomach volume is also achieved. Stitches reduce the stomach volume and allow it to take the shape of a sleeve. For this reason, the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure using an endoscopic suture device is considered an extremely safe technique.

Pay Attention to These Points After Apollo Endoscopic Stomach Reduction Procedure

After the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure is applied, the patients are kept under observation for a certain period of time to check if there are any problems. Once it is determined that there is no problem, it is generally preferred that they are discharged on the same day. However, in some cases, patients can be kept under observation in the hospital for 1 night. 

Patients who have undergone the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction technique are not nourished orally for approximately 4 to 6 hours after the application. At the end of this period, it is possible to be discharged if liquid nutrition is carried out orally and without any problems. Patients who follow a liquid nutrition program for an average of 2 weeks gradually switch to a soft and then solid food nutrition program.

Patients undergoing the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure may experience short-term side effects such as abdominal pain, vomiting, and nausea. On the other hand, although the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure is a suitable method for patients with mild and moderate obesity, it is an important advantage that it is not a technique that causes patients to experience serious side effects.

Who is Eligible for Apollo Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty?

Patients who cannot maintain the weight they have achieved despite regular diet and exercise, regain weight despite the gastric balloon procedure, and cannot achieve the desired success with the gastric band procedure are considered candidates for the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure.

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty can be applied to people with a body mass index of 30 to 35, who do not succeed in maintaining weight loss despite making the necessary lifestyle habits, and who continue to gain weight after traditional bariatric surgery procedures.

The important point to consider is that the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure cannot be applied to all patients with overweight problems. Factors such as whether patients will cooperate in making post-procedure lifestyle changes should be considered during the suitability assessment after the preliminary interview and detailed examinations.

Apollo endoscopic stomach reduction procedure is frequently used in cases where revision surgery is in question for people who have had a bariatric surgery procedure before, but whose weight loss is not sufficient or who regain the weight they lost. However, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty cannot be applied to every patient who needs revision. 

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, which is an appropriate procedure in patients with enlarged stomach volume or anestopause diameter, can be designed as a temporary procedure. It can also be converted into bariatric surgical procedures afterwards. 

The weight loss process of the patients begins immediately after the application of the Apollo endoscopic gastric reduction procedure. Patients can experience a rapid weight loss process during the first 3 months. The weight lost reaches -25 percent of the initial body weight in the first year. For more successful results, the process should be supported by a healthy diet and regular exercise.