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On Patients’ Minds: Obesity Procedure Featured on NBC

June 7, 2017

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) procedure could help 78.6 million obese Americans lose weight. Are you prepared to answer patient questions on this procedure?

NBC Nightly News covered ESG research from Reem Z. Sharaiha, BSc, MBBS, MRCP, MS, assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center, in their article ‘Sewing Machine’ Surgery Helps Weight Loss Without Cutting. This research was published in the April issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH). In the study, Dr. Sharaiha’s team found that ESG, also called accordion procedure, helped patients, on average, lose 17.6 percent of their weight, and nearly 27 inches from around their waists. The BMIs of the 91 patients who underwent the procedure between 2013 and 2016 decreased from 40.7 — considered morbidly obese — to a BMI of 32.

Are You Prepared to Treat Obesity?
Gastroenterologists have an opportunity to address obesity and lead the multidisciplinary care team for these patients, largely because GI disorders resulting from obesity are more frequent and often present sooner than other obesity-related diseases. For more information on innovative obesity care for safe and effective weight management in patients, physicians can use the AGA Obesity Practice Guide


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