Marisol and her sister Leticia traveled to Tijuana in March of 2022 to undergo the new and exciting Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) procedure at Mexico Bariatric Center®. Both sisters struggled to lose weight and sought a less invasive softer approach to bariatric surgery.
Endoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Therapies (EBMT) are designed to treat obesity and its related comorbid illnesses. ESG mimics the conventional Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) with fewer implications but less weight loss.
After staying in the hospital one night, they left happy, feeling, and looking great. We had a chance to interview Marisol about her experience and what she thought about this new weight loss approach.
Q. How have you been since undergoing ESG last week?
A. So far, I’m doing great! I’m still adjusting to post-op life, and my body is acclimating. I’m working on the thick liquid stage of my post-operative diet while trying to eat some watered-down oatmeal. I’ve been drinking water mostly, but I can move around which helps improve recovery, gas pains, and bloating.
Q. How have you been keeping up with your ESG post-op diet?
A. Yea, I’ve been following the nutritional guide diligently and haven’t had any problems eating. The foods I’m eating go down easily and haven’t had any digestive issues. For some reason, I’m constantly feeling full now. I’m not even hungry, which I guess is completely normal. I also burp most of the time. I’m probably drinking too fast, but I’m just going through the motions.
Pro tip: Is it normal to feel full after ESG ?
Yes. Your new stomach pouch is smaller than before, making you feel full much faster but will lead to rapid weight loss.
Q. How is your sister doing?
A. She has been doing well since the endoscopic procedure. We check up on each other frequently. Thankfully my sister is my neighbor so we can easily reach each other for any support. My sister and I were just having a small lunch of oatmeal and some water. We could barely stomach down the small portions of oatmeal, but it’s good to share this experience with someone who understands what to expect with weight loss surgery.
Q. Why did you decide to have this procedure together?
A. We wanted to do this together to support each other during this journey. We both wanted to be the healthiest version of ourselves, and being able to do it together just felt right. Our decision has even made my husband’s sister interested in getting the same procedure done. I volunteered to go with her as moral support because having family support makes it so much easier.
Q. Are there any last comments you’d like to give about your surgery?
A. I would like to say that everything went AWESOME at Mexico Bariatric Center! Getting picked up from the airport, checking into our hotel, and making it to the hospital and back was a breeze. My sister and I had a fantastic experience in Mexico!
Future Potential of ESG
The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty provides similar results compared to the popular gastric sleeve for patients with lower BMIs. Marisol and her sister were one of many looking for long-term weight loss results without any cuts to their organs and external incisions.
One of the main differences between VSG and ESG is how the surgery is performed: through the mouth versus through the stomach wall. Another significant difference between VSG and ESG is the changes to the gastric body: VSG permanently removes 80% of the stomach, whereas ESG plicates the stomach to 70% of its size without any tissue removal. The ESG requires no stomach severing resulting in quicker recovery over traditional weight loss procedures.
If you have any questions about ESG, please feel free to submit a health questionnaire to get an answer from an expert endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty surgeon in Mexico. With years of training and experience, MBC’s surgeons offer incision-less weight loss therapy, such as ESG and TORe at an affordable price.