What is gastric botox?
Gastric botox is a non-surgical obesity – high weight treatment method. It is based on the application of botulinum toxin to the stomach wall with the help of endoscopy.
How does gastric botox work?
Botulinum toxin has the effect of stopping the muscles. As a result of the reduction of the contraction of the stomach, the foods stay in the stomach for a longer time. The patient’s satiety period is prolonged. After the procedure some patients mention that they feel less hunger. Some patients says that they have a feeling of satiety with much less food than before the procedure.
Who can benefit from Gastric botox?
We generally recommend gastric botox injections to individuals who have not exceeded the surgical limit. We do these applications safely for individuals under BMI 35. We recommend gastric sleeve surgery as the first choice for individuals who have exceeded the surgical limit. Patients achieve succes, who are fully motivated and who can adapt to the PPS program.
How is gastric botox injections applied?
Gastric botox injections is not a surgery. Gastric botox is applied via endoscopy. After the patient is taken to the endoscopy room and taken under sedation. In this way, patients sleep and do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. After the esophagus, stomach and duodenum are checked with endoscopy, the procedure is started. With the help of a thin – special needle, the botox toxin is injected into the wall of the stomach. We apply 40-60 injections to all parts of the stomach. After the procedure is completed, the endoscope is taken out and the patient is taken to the recovery room. After about half an hour of rest, the patients can return to their daily life.
Frequently asked questions
Under normal conditions, the expected duration of effect is between 4 and 6 months. The duration of effect varies according to the state of the patient’s immune system. In patients who have had botox injection for other reasons such as cosmetic, a shorter duration of effect may be seen due to antibody formation. For example, in individuals who have a short effect after botox application to the face area, a shorter effect can be seen after gastric botox injections. Very rarely, there may be no effect depending on the immune system of the patients or a very short effect such as 1-2 weeks.
Yes, applicastions can be repeated up to 3 times after the gastric botox effect resolved. An important note that needs to be touched again is that after the stomach botox effect has passed, the patients should have internalized the PPC concept in order to avoid weight regain
Patients do not feel any pain because they are asleep during the botox injection. After the procedure is over burning, indigestion and floating sensation can be seen in the patients. These feelings usually pass within 1-2 hours without even the need for medication. Very rarely, in patients with very thin fundus wall, mild difficulties in breathing may be observed These complaints are usually resolved with simple medications.
There are 2 different brands of botox toxin that have been put on the market today. Botox and Dysport. Both preparations contain botulinum toxin-A. As a result of clinical applications, no difference was found between the two and both products are used safely.