Incision-free weight loss is a revolutionary procedure, similar to gastric bypass surgery, that does not require an incision. Using an endoscope and other specialized equipment, a surgeon will go through a patient’s mouth to create a small pouch in the stomach that restricts how much the patient can comfortably eat. This will allow the patient to lose weight, without requiring major surgery.
There are currently five different types of incision-free procedures. These include the:
Incision-free weight loss procedures are a great way for patients, who have not been successful losing weight through diet and exercise, finally achieve their weight loss goals. Incision-free procedures are ideal because they leave no scars and require much less recovery time. No incision means less pain, less risk of complications, and less time spent in the hospital.
Of course, there are some risks associated with incision-free weight loss procedures. A patient’s throat may hurt after the procedure and there is always the chance that the patient may begin to suffer from reflux, leakage, or that the band, staples, or sutures may loosen. However,as long as a patient is between the ages of 18 to 35, is in adequate health, and does not suffer from a drug, alcohol, or psychological problem, the chance of a negative side effect is slim.
The cost of incision-free weight loss surgery varies by the type of procedure that is performed, as well as whether a patient’s insurance company will cover the cost of the procedure. According to the Bariatric Network, Stomaphyx will run a patient anywhere from $9,500-$10,500. Incision-free procedures generally cost less than regular surgery, which is another great benefit to patients.
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