Incisionless Lower Cost Weight-Loss Surgery Coming Soon

January 3, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Bariatric surgery has typically been a procedure performed exclusively on people who are dangerously obese, for the purpose of losing weight, but that will likely change soon with new innovations.  The weight-loss surgery is currently only approved for people with a BMI of 40, or 35 with complications, but new “incisionless” procedures, some still in the early stages of development, are expected to make weight-loss surgery a far more common option for even moderately overweight people and diabetics, according to the Los Angeles Times. They mimic the results of more invasive surgeries that require hospital stays, but these new procedures, one of which is completely incisionless, can be done in an hour, which lowers risks and costs.  A noninvasive technique called TOGA, or transoral gastroplasty, which is furthest along in clinical trials, works by having a surgeon insert a flexible tube through the mouth into the stomach and then uses staples to create a pouch that limits the amount of food that can be consumed.  A small study using Toga showed that patients lost an average of almost 25 pounds after three months with no major complications reported.

Today’s  laparoscopic gastric bypass and gastric banding,  restrict stomach size so that patients feel full more quickly but usually require one to three days in the hospital.  The surgery cures more than half of Type 2 Diabetes cases, and eases symptoms for heart disease, sleep apnea, joint problems and other problems. Enthusiasts see expanding the group of people who can have this surgery as a way of holding down health care costs, since the procedure which now costs $50,000, could comes down closer to the $10,000 range. A report released in November from the American Public Health Assn. projected that healthcare costs related to obesity would quadruple in 10 years, accounting for 21% of healthcare spending. But it’s not without danger: 19 percent of patients experience dumping syndrome, which is what it sounds like, an involuntary vomiting or defecation. And nutritionists still advocate people with a BMI of 25 to 30, which is considered overweight but not obese, use diet and exercise changes as the treatment of choice.


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  9. Steffi on January 3rd, 2010 7:14 pm

    This would be great. Though the idea of staples going down a tube in my throat isn’t appealing, neither is a scalpel.

  10. Pam on January 4th, 2010 1:48 am

    Thank You for this info on gastric surgery. The cost may be coming down and there are some definite risks to the procedure. However, if its the last resort for those individuals who are morbidly obese and unable to function, than this can be a life saver. Unfortunately, obesity and poor health conditions associated with it are at epidemic proportions and appear to be on the rise! Weight Loss has become such a complicated topic with much debate as to what causes it and what to do about it. If you’re interested in some helpful weight loss information check out

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  17. Todd29 on January 20th, 2010 10:38 am

    Any surgery poses definite risks! Anyone who is overweight should make water their drink of choice, not only will water fill you up, it will hydrateyou, suppress your hunger and will help to metabolize fat cells. The best way to lose weight is to take responsibility for yourself! Our health is our most important asset. For many people, being overweight is associated with being uncomfortable in their own skin. To assist with weight control; keep a daily food journal and every time the urge to snack is felt, first drink a large glass of clear water. This simple act will help you to eat less. Water will soon become one of your best friends. The major reason so many people in America are overweight is because we eat too much for comfort! It does not hurt to treat ourselves with something special once in a while, what is necessary is that we limit our portions and do not overeat! It is also necessary to keep our body properly hydrated, so drink a full glass of water with each meal or snack. Being overweight ******, but after reading a book, I lost 85 pounds! Words can not express how good I feel! This is a comment which I recently received about the book Lose Weight Using Four Easy Steps

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    I had never heard of incisionless weight loss surgery until now. Thanks for the great information! Several of my friends have gotten weight loss surgery in Mexico, but this seems like a great alternative for them to consider! I will have to remember this and let all my friends know!

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