Obesity and overweight represent a significant and worsening problem in America in general and Utah in particular. A quarter (24.5%) of Utah’s population is obese, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. This is up from 17.3% in 2000 and 9% in 1990. Obesity leads to many health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stoke, liver disease, and bone and joint problems.
Losing weight is a real struggle for most people who are overweight or obese. Most start with lifestyle modifications including diet and exercise; however, many find that diet and exercise on their own do not lead to adequate weight loss. Or the weight comes off and then just returns.
For some, surgical management is the answer. Surgical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, or even duodenal switch procedures can bring about significant and long-lasting weight loss. However, studies have shown that only about 2% of people who would otherwise qualify for surgical weight loss procedures (“bariatrics”) undergo these procedures. There are many possible reasons for this, including cost, surgical risk, side effects, or recovery time.
Furthermore, many people do not qualify for these procedures, and yet have real issues with their weight management.
Because of this unmet need, we offer endoscopic bariatric procedures. These procedures carry much lower risks and cost much less than surgery. Endoscopic bariatrics can get people with weight problems on the road to a healthier weight and a healthier life.
These weight-loss procedures are performed non-surgically, through a scope, on an outpatient basis – patients go home just an hour or so after the procedure. Endoscopy is generally painless and the sedation from the procedure wears off in minutes (though you won’t be allowed to drive for 12 hours).
As gastroenterologists, we are experts in endoscopy. Bariatric endoscopy is a natural extension of our everyday practice, and we offer facilities that are specifically designed for safe, comfortable, and efficient endoscopic care.
We hope the information presented below is helpful in educating you on your options for weight loss. We are excited about these techniques, as well as coming developments in endoscopic bariatrics. We would be happy to discuss these options further with you. If you think this would be useful for you, please explore our website and give us a call.