Stomach Botox Injections (Gastric Botox)
Stomach or gastric Botox is a relatively new method for weight loss treatment. Gastric Botox is a non-surgical endoscopic procedure that requires the Botox to be injected directly into the internal stomach wall. These injections help speed up the process of losing weight for those who want to achieve rapid and effective weight loss.
Botulinum toxin, the primary substance within the Botox injection, is a substance that was primarily used to smoothen skin and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is also used to treat health conditions such as chronic migraines but has only recently emerged as a non-surgical weight loss treatment.
Stomach Botox injections for weight loss aim to limit the contraction of the stomach muscles causing the muscles to relax and suppress appetite. In addition, this method delays the gastric emptying process and that makes the patient feel full longer which will reduce food intake.
What is stomach botox?
Botox, which is a neurotoxin produced from Clostridium Botulinum bacteria, has different types and Botox A, which is the most common use in humans, is used for the stomach.
In Botox A application, there are organ-specific toxic dose levels and this issue is of vital importance. There is no scientific standard dose determined for the stomach and application points for which the effect has been finalized. Stomach botox is applied to support weight loss by temporarily paralyzing the stomach muscles.
Who is a Suitable Candidate?
Gastric Botox injections are not the right choice for everyone, the patient will have to be advised by a specialist to determine if they are suitable for the procedure. Gastric Botox is suitable for people who are overweight, but not for people who are obese, as this method is ineffective for people whose body mass index (BMI) is above 40. The most suitable candidate would be the one whose BMI is below 35.
Gastric Botox is suitable for people who suffer from excess weight or struggle to control their appetite. Is also suitable for those who have tried losing weight by following strict diets and regular exercise. In addition, gastric Botox can be used for people who suffer from stomach ulcers and gastritis and health conditions associated with excess weight such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
People who suffer from serious obesity problems are not qualified for gastric Botox injections and an alternative procedure would be advised.
How to prepare for the Gastric Botox Procedure?
Stomach Botox is not a surgical operation, although there are factors that need to be considered in preparation for this procedure. The doctor will perform some physical examinations and several tests, following an assessment of the patient’s medical history, health conditions, previous surgeries, and any prescribed medication.
If the patient is suitable for gastric Botox, the doctor will provide some instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including fasting 8-12 hours before the procedure and cessation of certain medications 24 hours before the procedure (such as aspirin to avoid bleeding).
How is Gastric Botox performed?
Gastric Botox is not a complex procedure as it does not require any surgical instruments or incisions. Botulinum toxins are injected into the stomach wall from the inside during the procedure.
During the procedure
No general anaesthesia is required, only a local anesthetic where the patient will remain conscious. The steps of the gastric Botox procedure are:
- Localised numbing is applied to the throat, via an oral spray, to reduce discomfort and prevent a gagging sensation during the procedure.
- The doctor inserts the endoscope through the throat into the stomach.
- Once the endoscope is in place within the stomach, the doctor injects the Botox, through a needle, attached at one end of the endoscope.
- The Botox is injected into specific locations and proportions into the inner wall of the stomach which causes relaxation of the stomach muscles.
- Once all injections are complete, the endoscope is removed.
- This procedure usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.
- After having this procedure, the patient will have to stay in the clinic for the next 1 to 2 hours for monitoring. There is no need to stay in the clinic overnight.
- The patient will be able to continue their daily activities the following day.
After the procedure
After having a gastric Botox, the patient can restart their normal daily activities the day after the procedure. The patient might feel discomfort from the endoscope placement in the throat and may also experience some fatigue for a few days after the procedure.
The doctor will also suggest not to drink or eat for a few hours until the local anesthetic (oral spray) has completely worn off and the throat feels normal again.
The recommended diet after the procedure should include foods rich in nutrients, proteins and low carbohydrates. Cutting down on sugar, such as sweets or chocolates is also highly recommended.
Furthermore, gastric Botox is effective immediately after the injections and lasts in the body for 4 to 6 months. During these months, the patient will be able to see the results of the Botox injections.
The benefits of Gastric Botox
Gastric Botox has several benefits for people who are trying to lose weight. It is a new method for weight loss that has been quite successful and promises weight loss.
Stomach Botox injections benefits:
- Minimally invasive and non-surgical procedure
- Promising weight-loss results
- Suitable for people who are overweight
- Cost-effective procedure
- Low and temporary side effects
- Rapid recovery
Differences Between Gastric Botox and Gastric Balloon
Gastric balloon, like botox, is an endoscopic intervention, but its only purpose is to temporarily reduce the stomach volume. The volume of the balloon should be adjusted according to the patient, and the presence of a foreign body in the stomach may cause nausea. The effect disappears suddenly when the balloon is removed. The effect of stomach botox passes gradually.
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