Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) FAQs

  • Am I eligible for this procedure?
    Your physician will discuss your medical history and perform a physical examination to determine your eligibility. Patients who are unable to undergo an upper endoscopy, are using certain types of blood-thinning medication, or have a large hiatal hernia are not eligible for the procedure.
  • What happens after the procedure?
    Most patients typically return home the same day. You will be on a liquid diet for one to two weeks, followed by pureed and soft foods for the following two weeks. Follow your physician's specific instructions.
  • Is the procedure permanent?
    The sutures are made using durable, permanent material that does not dissolve. Over time, there will be scarring and bridging tissue to maintain the reduced stomach size and sleeve-like shape. In the event the sutures break or the sleeve-like shape stretches, retightening can be performed.
  • What are the most common side effects?

    The most common side effects are gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, burping, or diarrhea. These symptoms typically resolve within 30-60 days.

    All procedures have risks. Patients should consult their physician and understand all risks before undergoing any procedure.