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Over the last few years, the internet has become inundated with therapists and clinics, offering various forms of non-surgical weight loss treatment. For people who would rather avoid going under the knife, non-surgical weight loss and finding a safe, non-invasive weight loss procedure is particularly appealing. But the key is, it has to work!
The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), also known as the “accordion procedure”, was pioneered by the Mayo Clinic in 2012. Surprisingly, this is regarded as one of these so-called non-surgical weight loss procedures, because it involves inserting a tube down the patient’s throat, rather than cutting through the abdomen. However, the surgeon then goes on to sew pleats into the person’s stomach, reducing the capacity of the organ and making it look like an accordion! We would question, however, how this particular method could count as a non-surgical weight loss procedure; to us, it appears invasive.
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Another innovative, non-surgical weight loss treatment is 3D liposuction. The“3D Bespoke Lipomed” weight loss treatment is offered by the Dr. Leah Clinic. Leah Totton won The Apprentice in 2013, and set up the Dr. Leah cosmetic clinic, co-owned by Sir Alan Sugar, in 2014. There are several different 3D liposuction treatments available, and each one is described as a safe non-surgical weight loss procedure that involves the destruction of fat cells.
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The weight loss options on offer include Ultrasound Cavitation, Cryolipolysis (fat freezing), and 3D Shockwave Cellulite Removal. These fat and weight loss procedures are performed in about 45 minutes and are classed as non-invasive, so no anaesthetic is required. Although recovery is described as immediate, the patient can suffer from sensitivity, bruising and numbness for up to 10 days after treatment, which is not ideal for those who want to be able to go about their daily lives immediately after a non-surgical weight loss procedure.
In 2016 the FDA approved a weight loss device called the “AspireAssist”, manufactured by Aspire Bariatrics. This is possibly one of the most controversial weight loss procedures, because it has been referred to as a bulimia machine; it mimics binge and purge behaviour. The device is fitted in a 15-minute outpatient procedure, and is classed as a non-surgical weight loss treatment because it is performed under “twilight anaesthetic”, also known as “conscious sedation” or “Monitored Anaesthesia Care”.
During this non-surgical weight loss procedure, the surgeon uses an endoscope to insert a tube into the patient’s stomach. The tube is connected to an external port attached to the skin. Around 20-30 minutes after eating, the person has to find a toilet, connect the device to the port and turn on the valve, which starts the “aspiration” process. Ten minutes later around 30% of the contents of the stomach will have been sucked out, which is how the weight loss is achieved.
Some of the unpleasant side effects listed by the FDA include occasional indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhoea, bleeding, sores on the inside of the stomach, pneumonia, and, in isolated cases, even death.