WHAT IS GASTRIC BOTOX?

Gastric botoxis a new weight loss method through administration of the botulinum toxin obtained from ClostridiumBotulinum bacteria (botox) . The aim of the gastric botox is to provide delayed discharge of the stomach by injecting botox on required points of the stomach. The individual feels full for a longer period and appetite is controlled.

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METHOD DEVELOPMENT

The procedure was required to be modified along with the data obtained from sleeve gastrectomy procedures. In other words, the question, if the procedure is used differently in the stomach, would it provide an improvement, has come to the forefront. The gastric discharge delaying principle is not applicable any more. Importance of a hormone, ghreline secreted from the gastric fundus was discovered through sleeve gastrectomy procedures. Like preventing the sweating, the question, what would be the progress if secretion of ghreline hormone is inhibited, has been replied. An improvement was achieved and the procedure has become a very effective weight loss operation.

The extra-positive part of this procedure is implementation endoscopically without any surgical procedure. The procedure may be defined as an operation performed under sedation anaesthesia. The procedure starts with endoscopy; if there is not any obstacle, gastric ulcer, any wound etc., procedure continues. Modification is provided on adequate zones by a long tube. Such adequate zones constitute the most important step of the procedure.

The procedure which was used to be implemented to the antrum is now based on inhibition of ghreline hormone. The procedure is usually performed on fundus. The patient wakes up within five to ten minutes after the procedure. The patient is transfered to the recovery room like other patients who have any endoscopic procedure and goes home after thirty minutes.

WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR GASTRIC BOTOX?

Gatsric botox may be applied to all overweighted/obese individuals who cannot loose weight by exercise and those who want to lose weight. This method is very effective on the individuals with a body mass index between 28 and 40.

WHAT SHOULD BE EXPECTED FROM GASTRIC BOTOX?

The individuals who have gastric botox procedure may loose 10 to 15 kg depending on their over weight. Sticking on the plans provided by the nutritionist after the procedure would allow you to achieve better results from the treatment.

DAILY LIFE AFTER GASTRIC BOTOX

The patients are allowed to rest for about 2 hours after gastric botox procedure and they may continue on their daily life. Since the patients do not experience some situations like longer healing process, they may continue their daily life easily.

ADVANTAGES OF GASTRIC BOTOX WHEN COMPARED WITH ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES

Gastric balloon is a surgical procedure and may be an alternative to the gastric botox ; however, it is much more invasive than gastric botox. Gastric balloon is a successful method, as well. However, gastric botox is performed to the patients with body mass index between 28 and 40. Namely, gastric botox is suitable for overweighted and mild obese individuals.

Surgery is recommended for severe and morbid obese patients. We may say that an alternative now exists to gastric balloon for such patients. Although gastric balloon is an expensive procedure, the balloon placed into the stomach may cause ulcer, cramps and discomfort for about ten to fifteen days after the procedure. Due to explosion risk, it may move to the intestines and cause obstruction. The balloon is removed six months later and the stomach returns to former situation. In this case, the stomach may be enlarged. However, risk of gaining weight is always higher after six months. The aim here is to create a habit in the patient within six-month period.

Adoption of new eating habits and reaching to a balance are targeted. Actually, a new balance may be created after breaking off the insulin resistance. Seventy percent of the patients achieve such balance in balloon procedure. Thirty percent of them experience relapse. An achievemnt at minimum level is expected in the alternative method,gastric botox . Advantageously, no tool is inserted into the stomach in this method.

Risks and cramps are not expected. The patients feel lack of appetite and sense of fullness. Effect of gastric botox disappears within four to six months.

THE POINTS TO TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION

First, you should not expect any miracle from any treatment and be careful for your diet. Fatty foods and foods with high carbohydrate contents like fast food style should be avoided after gastric botox. A healthy nutrition program should be adopted as much as possible to obtain a maximum benefit from botox procedure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GASTRIC BOTOX

Is gastric botox harmful?

Botox has been widely used in medicine for a long time and there is not any recognized damage when applied by a specialist at accurate doses.

When does gastric botox affect?

Decrease in appetite and appetite control are provided within 3 days after the procedure.

Where is gastric botox performed?

The procedure is performed by a specialist physician in a hospital.

Is gastric botox implemented same to every patient?

No. Body values are measured before the procedure and each procedure is performed specifically to the patient.

Does gastric botox cause nausea?

Nausea may be observed rarely.

How much weight may be lost by gastric botox?

10 to 15 kg may be lost within a short period.

Does gastric botox have any side effect?

There is not any known side effect.

May pregnant women have gastric botox?

There is not sufficient scientific study on use of gastric botox in pregnant women.

May I definitely loose weight by gastric botox?

Yes, you may loose weight; however, the most important here is to loose weight efficiently by using the sense of fullness provided by the procedure.

Is gastric botox procedure painful?

Botox procedure is performed under sedation. Therefore, no pain appears.

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