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Gastric Botox Injection


Obesity is a disease that means the body has fatter than it should be, and consequently, increasing weight problems occur. More than one method has been developed in the medical world to struggle with obesity. One of the effective procedures for the obesity problem, which is getting more and more common worldwide, is stomach botox.


Due to botulinum toxins injected into the stomach endoscopically and it provides the stomach muscles to work slower and to feel full for a longer time. So, appetite decreases since the nerves and muscles of the stomach, which are effective on appetite and hunger, are inactivated for 4-6 months. Due to the loss of the contraction ability of the stomach muscles, the gastric emptying is delayed, the longer the food stays in the stomach, the longer the satiety period, the more easily satiated with less food and the weight is lost.


Normally, starchy foods empty the stomach in 2-4 hours, but the gastric emptying time extensions up to 12 hours after gastric botox injection. Forty percent of the excess weight can be lost in 6-8 months, and the ideal weight can be achieved with the gastric botox. The success of the operation is over 90%. Compliance with the diet program given after the application also affects this success rate.


Who are ideal candidates for stomach botox? 

The gastric botox injection method is suitable for anyone who wants to lose weight and is overweight. In other words, it is applied for patients who have excess weight in the range of 10-20 kg.


Patients who will be treated with gastric botox should not have stomach problems such as gastritis and ulcers. Because the injected enzymes can cause to grow more of wounds in the stomach. We can say the people who can have this procedure done as follows;


• Patients who have not been able to lose weight with diet and sports for a long time can have stomach botox.

• It is not useful to have stomach botox for patients with a body mass index above 40%. Other surgical methods should be preferred for those patients.

• The gastric botox injection procedure is applied to patients who have excess weight but who are not at the surgical level.

• Gastric botox is not applied to patients who are breastfeeding and during pregnancy.


Before gastric botox injection

The main things that patients should pay attention to before gastric botox injection are as follows;

• The patient's stomach should be empty to prevent vomiting during the procedure since the stomach botox procedure will be done by the endoscopic method and directly into the stomach. Therefore, patients should have stopped eating and drinking at least 8 hours before the procedure.

• Alcohol and smoking directly affect the stomach muscles. Therefore, patients should quit alcohol and smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure. At least, patients should stop smoking and alcohol consumption 1-2 days before the procedure.

• Patients should move less before the procedure. Therefore, the procedure hours are preferred in the mornings generally.


How stomach botox is applied? 

This method is the easiest to apply compared to other treatments, the fastest way to return daily life, and the most economical treatment among surgical methods. Its effect lasts for an average of 4-6 months after it is injected into the stomach. And during this period, people are expected to get good results.


The procedure lasts about 15-20 minutes. The patient comes as hungry to the hospital. It is applied to the stomach by an endoscopic method. The botox which is called botulinum injected into the patient's stomach. Botox is injected approximately 20 parts of the stomach during the procedure.


Patients only feel the discomfort of endoscopy during the procedure. The patient does not feel any pain, swelling, or cramping. After the procedure is over and the patient wakes up, they don't remember anything. The patient can go home 1 hour after the procedure is over. People return to their normal lives approximately 4 hours after the procedure.


After gastric botox injection

Patients who had stomach botox treatment can go to their homes on the same day if there are no side effects. After the procedure, patients are provided to meet with a dietician and receive a nutrition program that is specially prepared for them. With this nutrition program, it is ensured that patients experience rapid weight loss.

One of the reasons why the stomach botox procedure, which is increasing popularity with each passing day, is preferred is that there is no pain after the procedure. Besides, vomiting and similar health problems are not seen. There are no situations that require a restriction of patients. Patients can return to their daily routine and continue to do their daily work on the same day.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does stomach botox have side effects? 

The procedure is not suitable for people with muscle disease and allergies to botox. Botox is widely used mainly to reduce wrinkles for skin, and no dangerous side effects are known. There is no significant side effect reported in the literature since stomach botox injection is a standard endoscopic procedure.


  • What is the weight loss success of the stomach botox? 

Patients are expected to lose 10-15% of their total weight within 3-6 months. The amount of weight loss; may differ from person to person according to age, metabolic rate, and frequency of exercise.

No method, including stomach botox, can be 100% successful in weight loss. Although it is known that stomach botox has an appetite-reducing effect and helps diet, there is a possibility of failure in patients fed with high carbohydrates after botox administration. Regular and healthy nutrition is essential with a dietician after the procedure.


  • How long the botox effect last? 

It is known that the effect of the drug used in stomach botox disappears from the body within 4-6 months.


  • What should be considered after the gastric botox procedure?Consuming fast food and acidic drinks is harmful to those persons. The patients who had gastric botox application get hungry later, are satiated with fewer portions and feel full earlier. They must continue their nutrition under the control of a dietician.


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