A new form of weight loss surgery promises a less risky alternative for those looking to surgical procedures to be able to lose weight.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, doctors are pioneering new form of surgery that involves folding the stomach into pleats with the entire procedure requiring no incisions.
Doctors are able to complete the procedure by using a tube which is passed down the throat, instead of needing to undertake invasive surgical procedures as is usual in these cases.
The surgery is considered to be so simple, that patients are even able to leave the hospital after the procedure on the same day.
Weight loss surgery is an option offered to patients who usually have a BMI of 40 or above, the surgery is also considered to be beneficial to anyone who is suffering from severe health difficulties due to their obesity but it does carry a number of risks despite the results being very good in most cases.
The health benefits of weight loss bariatric surgery have been wide ranging with the usual procedures using gastric bands to reduce the overall size of the stomach which then makes a person feel full and therefore unlikely to eat much food.
The more complicated option of weight loss surgery is a gastric bypass which involves actually re-routing the stomach to a lower part of the intestine. This makes the stomach smaller and bypasses part of the intestine to prevent as many nutrients and calories being absorbed into the body as food passes through.
While both procedures have had great results they do involve surgery in the abdomen, which according to the Daily Mail “carries risk of infection (affecting around one in 20), blood clots in the legs or lungs and internal bleeding, each of which affects around one in 100. Patients also need to stay in hospital for a least a night, if not longer”.
The new Primary Obesity Surgery Endolumenal technique is far less invasive and, researchers say, causes less post-operative pain, has reduced risk of infection and leaves no external scars.
Already the technique has y been tested in in Europe. In a Spanish study, 22 patients reported feeling full faster after the procedure and, after a year, had lost an average 62 per cent of their excess weight.
Most returned to work without bandages or signs of surgery within two to three days, unlike traditional bariatric surgery, where it can take weeks or months to resume normal activities.
Dr Thomas Lavin, of The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana, who is leading the new trial, said to the Daily Mail: ‘It could mean tens of thousands of patients may have an incredibly compelling new option to consider if they’ve struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise, but aren’t candidates for, or are not prepared to accept the risk of, traditional bariatric surgery.’