Diane’s Motivation Was Inspiring
Dr. Michael Ujiki is an Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Specialist at NorthShore. He was the first doctor in the state of Illinois, and among the first in the country, to successfully execute the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty in 2008.
“When you have a proactive patient, you know they’re going to do well,” Dr. Ujiki said. “Diane’s motivation and desire to get ahead of her health before it became an issue was inspiring.”
The procedure is done under general anesthesia. A narrow lighted tube called an endoscope, which has surgical tools and a tiny camera on it, is gently guided down the esophagus and into the stomach. A stitching device is used to make the stomach about 80 percent smaller.
Reducing the volume of the stomach reduces the amount of food and liquid the stomach can hold at one time and helps people lose weight by taking in fewer calories than the body uses in a day. The procedure lasts about 1-2 hours and most people leave the hospital the same day as the procedure, though some may stay overnight for monitoring.
Unlike common weight loss surgeries such as the gastric sleeve bypass, gastric banding, and a sleeve gastrectomy, the endoscopic procedure doesn’t require any incisions, and anybody with a Body Mass Index over 30 can qualify. In addition, Ujiki says it results in just about the same amount of, if not more, weight loss than the aforementioned surgical procedures.
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