Mayo Clinic doctors have unveiled a new minimally invasive procedure to help patients lose weight. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a two hour outpatient procedure for overweight patients looking to shed up to 40 pounds.
Dr. Christopher Gostout and Dr. Barham Abu Dayyeh began the clinical trial in 2012 with ten patients. Cherish Grabau was one of them.
“I’ve lost 40 pounds and it’s happened fairly quickly,” said Grabau.
Grabau met the patient qualifications for an Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, which included a BMI range between 30 and 35. Candidates for the new technique do not fall into the category of morbidly obese and typically won’t qualify for gastric bypass surgery. The procedure is targeted at people who are overweight looking to change their lifestyle and prevent health problems tied to weight gain.