Dr. Hany Shehab is the first and only doctor in Egypt to perform an Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, a non-surgical procedure that shrinks the size of the stomach which in turn can result in some serious weight loss.
Weight loss surgeries are a common practice for many people who have had serious health issues as a result of excess fats and weight around essential organs. However, the conventional weight loss surgery as we know it leaves behind scars and isn't the most visually appealing thing in the world.
Associate Professor of Gastroenterology at Cairo University Dr. Hany Shehab is the first and only doctor to perform an Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Egypt. Now before you freak out, this is basically a procedure to reduce the size of the stomach but without any surgery or any scars. “We were searching for a durable yet safe procedure, and after many studies were done, it proved to be a solution for those who want to lose weight gradually without any surgery,” says Dr. Shehab who has over 12 years of experience and numerous publications in the field of bariatric (weight loss) endoscopy.
Here is a video explaining the procedure.
The procedure is simple and the average person can lose around 15-20KG in the first six months. Under anaesthesia, an endoscopic camera is inserted through the mouth and the stomach is gently stitched from the inside. That's it. No painful balloons, no part of the stomach is removed, and the patient can go home on the same day. Over time, the stomach will mesh together and it’s as if the stomach were always a smaller size. “One of the main advantages to this is that there are minimal side effects to the procedure and no risk of infection from incisions,” Dr. Shehab asserts.
Now let’s be real for a minute here. We are not telling every person and their neighbours to go ahead now and get this procedure. In fact, the process to getting the sleeve gastroplasty is very intricate. Right off the bat, the patient need to qualify as being physically obese with a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 30-35. “First, people need to try diet and exercise. If this fails, they need to know they have other options available,” Dr. Shehab tells us. “We have a weight loss team. The patient will sit with a doctor, then they will be referred to a nutritionist, then possibly a psychologist to assess any abnormal eating habits if necessary. But everything HAS to be assessed and all options considered.”
Dr. Hany Shehab
While the procedure is widely used in the US, across Europe, and is FDA approved, it is by no means an easy way out. Dr. Shehab says to think of it as “a support system to whatever diet and exercise you’ve been trying, not a replacement for them. It is not for people who want to lose just three or four kilos. On the contrary, people who suffer severe obesity (BMI>40) would probably benefit from a more intense procedure such as classic weight loss surgery."
In case you’re worried that accidentally overeating can ruin the procedure as is the concern with other methods of stomach shrinking, the stitches actually cannot physically rip. And after just two weeks from the procedure, the patient can go back to eating basically everything. But of course it is encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle to get the maximum possible result (and maybe sneak in a little pizza from time to time).
If you want to know more about the procedure, you can check out the website here or contact the clinic directly on 02 27585263.
Disclaimer: We are not doctors, please seek professional medical advice if you have any health concerns.
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