What is Gastric Botox?

Botox is widely used in the treatment of skin problems such as wrinkles and sagging. It is also used to treat the problem of hyperhidrosis. Recently, Botox has a new use that may help solve the problems of obese patients; It is known as stomach botox. In order to understand how stomach botox works, let’s first get to know what botox is.
Botox is the toxic secretion of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which targets the nervous system and paralyzes the muscles of the body. Doctors have discovered how to extract it from bacteria and use it in specific quantities to solve many disease problems.
Based on this idea, doctors began using Botox topically to temporarily paralyze the stomach muscles, and those muscles work to digest different foods after eating them and push them into the intestines; Its weak contraction causes slow digestion of food, a feeling of fullness and satiety for longer periods, and thus loss of appetite.
Another way to make stomach botox is by injecting Botox into the area of ​​the nerve connecting the stomach with the central nervous center, which is the nerve responsible for delivering the command to digest food from the brain and to the stomach. .
The use of this technique has been well received by many patients, as they are satisfied with the result they have reached, feeling full for longer periods, and thus eating less food.

Candidates for gastric botox operation

Intragastric botox surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • People with a high fat mass index (between 27-35)
  • Who needs to lose between 10-20 kg of their weight
  • Between the ages of 18-55 years
  • Those who have trouble losing weight despite following traditional methods for long periods

What to expect after a gastric botox procedure?

  • The result begins to appear within a week of the operation, and the result, as mentioned earlier, is a feeling of fullness for longer periods, which results in eating less food, which helps to lose weight.
  • The effect of Botox injections lasts for about 6 months
  • The procedure may need to be repeated after 6 months
  • Care must be taken to increase the burning of fat in the body by exercising more, in addition to adjusting the diet to ensure avoiding fatty foods, which helps to achieve excellent results.

How is gastric botox injected?

Botox is injected into the targeted areas inside the stomach through the use of an endoscope, which enters from the mouth and reaches the stomach, and thus it is considered a non-surgical procedure.
Only local anesthesia in the throat may be used to facilitate the insertion of the endoscope, and neither complete local anesthesia nor general anesthesia is used.

What should I know before a gastric botox procedure?

The patient must inform the doctor of all his health problems and the medications he takes before undergoing the operation to determine the patient’s health condition, and he must also be informed of any type of operations that were performed on him in the stomach or esophagus.

Stop taking blood-thinning medications and medications for stomach problems for a period specified by the doctor.

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