Stomach Botox
Anka Health Center

Stomach Botox

Anka Health Counseling Center

What is stomach botox?

Botulinum toxin (botox) application to the stomach is a relatively new weight loss method based on the endoscopic method of injecting Botulinum toxin into certain parts of the stomach. In this method, the contraction of the stomach muscles is limited and the gastric emptying time is delayed and the patient loses appetite.

Who is Stomach Botox suitable for?

Stomach botox can actually be applied to anyone who wants to lose weight. This procedure is not an operation. However, patient selection is important. It should be said that stomach botox will not be very useful in patients with a body mass index above 40 and who can only be successful with surgery. At this point, patients who are overweight but not obese enough to be operated on and who want to lose weight constitute the ideal patient group. In patients with stomach ulcers or gastritis, stomach botox can be applied after the appropriate treatment of these diseases.

Does stomach botox have side effects?

Botox is widely used mainly to reduce wrinkles on the skin and no dangerous side effects are known. Since gastric botox application is a standard endoscopic procedure, there are no significant side effects reported in the literature. Patients may experience temporary nausea and mild hypotension. The procedure is not suitable for people who have muscle disease and who are allergic to botox.

Does stomach botox have a weight loss guarantee?

No method, including stomach botox, is guaranteed to lose weight. It is not right to treat stomach botox as a miraculous cure. 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 carbohydrate after botox application.

How long is the stomach botox procedure, is it necessary to stay in the hospital?

Stomach botox is not a surgery. It is a completely endoscopic procedure performed through the mouth. There is no incision. The procedure takes an average of 20 minutes. During the procedure, patients are put to sleep accompanied by an anesthesiologist. It is not necessary to stay in the hospital. After the procedure, the patient can go home after 1-2 hours of observation. He can return to his normal life the next day.

Does stomach botox cause permanent damage to the stomach?

It is known that the entire effect of the drug used in stomach botox is completely erased from the body within 4-6 months. Therefore, there is no possibility of permanent damage.

What is the expectation from stomach botox application?

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

What should be considered after stomach botox?

Consuming fast foods such as fast food, acidic sugary drinks is harmful. Botox applied patients get hungry later, feel full with less portions, and feel full earlier.

How is it different from a gastric balloon?

Gastric balloon is one of the endoscopic interventions for weight loss. However, the volume of the gastric balloon needs to be adjusted from time to time according to the patient, which requires endoscopy each time. Stomach botox provides an effective loss of appetite for 3-6 months with a single application. The presence of a foreign body in the stomach in the gastric balloon rarely causes nausea. In addition, many patients complain that their appetite is suddenly reopened after the gastric balloon is removed. Since the effect of stomach botox passes slowly, there is no sudden increase in appetite in this way, the appetite gradually returns to normal.