What is Stomach Botox?
Accompanied by endoscopy, “botulinum toxin” is applied to the muscle tissue in certain parts of the stomach. It is a newly developed weight loss method.
This toxin has several effects such as:
- Decrease in the contraction of stomach muscles.
- Gastric emptying takes up to 8 hours.
- Loss of appetite
Who is eligible?
Stomach botox may be applied to all overweight, class 1 obese individuals and individuals with a body mass index between 25 and 35. The patients with BMI higher than 35 are not eligible to this method as its effect will be insufficient and desired weight loss can not be achieved. Thus, we recommend surgical weight loss methods to those patients. The specialist doctor will examine the stomach and duodenum during endoscopy. If the patient does not have any disease requiring treatment, botox will be injected. This operation is not suitable for those who is allergic to botox or suffer from muscle disorders.
Are the effects of Stomach Botox permanent? Are there any side effects?
Stomach botox effects last for 6 months however it can change depending on the metabolism. Before its effect disappears, approximately 10-12 kg of weight loss can be achieved. If the patient can not achieve the desired weight with a single session, He/She can undergo the operation again. There are no known dangerous side effects.
How is Stomach Botox applied?
Before endoscopy, the patient will undergo fasting for 6 hours so the stomach will be completely clean for the endoscopy. After anesthesia application, the doctor checks the stomach then begins botox injection. This entire operation takes about 15-20 minutes. After the patient wakes up and has rest for 30-60 minutes, He/She can be discharged from the hospital.
What are the effects of Stomach Botox?
Stomach botox is a technique helps losing weight. It basically slows down the movements of stomach muscles to extend stomach emptying as well as feeling of satiety. Its effects can be noticed from the 3rd day and the patient will feel the maximum effect on 7th-10th day. After botox injection, the patient must commit to the diet recommended by dietician and exercise regularly. Weight loss process must be kept under control with regular medical checks.
Just like all kinds of obesity treatment, botox does not last forever. We can not expect to see miraculous results. Main purpose of obesity treatment is to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Are there any permanent side effects of Stomach Botox?
The effects of stomach botox last approximately for 6 months, after that its effects will completely be disappeared. No permanent adverse effects are anticipated.
Can it be applied during pregnancy / breast-feeding?
Since stomach botox is a quite new technique, there is no study carried out the effects on pregnants and who breastfeed. Thus, we do not recommend it.
Will there be any side effects on bowel or other organs?
Botox is directly injected to stomach muscles and it affects only a limited area so, no effects on bowel or other organs are anticipated.