Weightloss Solutions Australia's Guide To Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)
A New Reversible & Non-surgical solution to a new and healthy lifestyle:
- What is an ESG procedure?
- Video demonstration: How Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty works
- BMI calculator: Are you eligible?
- ESG pros and cons
- Risks of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty
- WLSA 12-month post-surgery support
- Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty success stories
- How much ESG costs in Australia?
- WLSA Surgery costs and package inclusions
- Upcoming information session
What is an ESG procedure?
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a relatively new procedure for patients wanting weight loss outcomes similar to other surgical weight loss procedures without the additional surgical risks. It is reversible and non-invasive. It involves placing internal stitches inside the stomach to reduce the size of the stomach.
Video demonstration: How Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty works
Watch this video by John Hopkins Medicine to understand the process how Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty actually works.
BMI calculator: Are you eligible?
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is most suitable for people with a BMI of 29+ who need help with existing health issues (i.e. type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, dyslipidemia or fatty liver disease), and does not want a permanent procedure. People with a history of reflux, Hiatus Hernia, and Barretts Oesophagus can also benefit from ESG.
However, this might not be a suitable option for those who have had gastrointestinal bleeding, a hiatal hernia larger than 3 centimeters or who's had prior stomach surgery.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Pros and cons
- Can improve health conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, severe sleep apnea
- A fast procedure which can be completed in less than 2 hours
- Does not require an extended hospital stay
- Can resume work and lifestyle commitments within 1-3 days
- Reversible and repeatable procedure
Risks of Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty
As with any surgery, there is always a degree of risk.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a procedure with minimal complications and risks, however, such outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Some of the risks include stomach leaks, bleeding, abdominal infection, and esophageal injury.
But don't worry, they are easily manageable with medication and follow up gastroscopy. Our medical team will also walk you through the risks and provide steps you can take to minimise any potential issues.
WLSA 12-Month Post-surgery support
Even though people who have gone through Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty procedure do not need ongoing maintenance, all of our WLSA surgery packages come with a 12-month post-surgery support program to ensure you have the right support and guidance as you transition through a new big lifestyle change.
That's why we have doctors, psychologists, and dietitians onboard to monitor and advise you every step of the way from meal planning to mental health management.
See the timeline infographic below for more details of what you could expect from consultation to the end of the 12-month support program.
WLSA Timeline From Consultation To 12-month Post-surgery Support
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Success stories
Megan lost 33kgs after she had an Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty procedure followed by WLSA 12 month Lifestyle Modification program. She completed the Gold Coast Marathon without training and is ecstatic about how this weight loss makes it easier for her to conceive in the future.
How much ESG costs in Australia?
You can fund your ESG surgery through Medicare, private health insurance, superannuation, and payment plans.
As a rule of thumb, your total out-of-pocket cost after Medicare rebates may be:
- With private health insurance:
- Without private health insurance:
Keep in mind though that the cost may vary case-by-case. The final cost depends on various factors such as your individual needs, age, additional appointments and more.
So how much are you really saving in the long term?
The thought of undergoing a surgery and the large price tag that comes with it can be daunting, in the short term. But what's the cost to your health in the long term and the risk of not doing anything about it now? Take a look at this infographic.
WLSA Surgery costs and package inclusions
Before your Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty surgery, you will have 3 assessment appointments to determine if this is a suitable option for you and how to best prepare for your weight loss journey ahead. All appointments for the first 12 months are included in the initial fee.
What's included in your ESG package?
A comprehensive patient manual
3 post-op workshops with our psychologist and dietitian at 6 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months
All consultations with the surgeon
Unlimited consultations by phone, email, or face to face with patient liaison staff
Upcoming information session
Keep an eye out for the next information session or call (07) 5598 0500.