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Endoscopic Treatments for Obesity

Obesity surgery is not one-size-fits-all. At the Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET), we listen to each patient's story, review their individual medical conditions and create treatment plans that will best meet the needs of the individual. For patients considering surgery, a number of options can be discussed, including non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures.

At UCLA, we also offer new endoscopic bariatric surgeries. Increasingly, studies show that obesity can be treated with procedures that are less invasive. These procedures are based on an improved understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in weight loss. Endoscopic bariatric surgery is easier on the patient and typically costs less. In appropriately selected patients, these procedures are safe and have a high rate of success. Non-invasive or minimally invasive bariatric procedures may be suitable for patients who do not qualify for traditional, open bariatric surgery, such as the high number of Americans with only mild or moderate or obesity who nevertheless experience health problems linked to excess weight.

We offer the following endoscopic procedures:

Gastric Bypass Revision » An endoscopic procedure designed to address weight gain in people who have undergone roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass revision surgery can jump-start the weight loss process.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty » An innovative technique that uses transoral endoscopy (inserting the instruments through the mouth) to apply sutures and reshape the stomach, thereby decreasing food capacity.

Intragastric Balloon » A new, noninvasive treatment in which a small balloon is placed endoscopically in the stomach to provide a sensation of fullness and decrease food intake.

 

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