What is Stomach Botox?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) application to the stomach is a relatively new weight loss method based on the injection of Botulinum toxin to certain parts of the stomach with the endoscopic method. With this method, the contraction of the stomach muscles gets limited. In this way, the duration of gastric emptying is prolonged, and the appetite of the patient is decreased.
Who is Eligible for Stomach Botox Application?
Stomach Botox can be applied to anyone who wants to lose weight. This procedure is not an operation. However, it is important to select the patients properly. It should be noted that stomach Botox will not be very helpful to the patients who are with a body mass index over 40 and can achieve better results through a successful surgery. Patients who are overweight but not obese enough to be operated on and who want to lose weight are the ideal patient group. In patients with stomach ulcer or gastritis, stomach Botox can be applied after these diseases gets treated.
How is Stomach Botox Application Performed?
Stomach Botox application is performed under sedation in the endoscopy unit. First, the patient's stomach and duodenum are examined with endoscopy, and then, if there is no disease such as ulcer and gastritis that may prevent the application, the procedure gets started. 500 IU Botox are applied to the stomach with an endoscopy needle in 20-30 shots. The patient is awakened right after the procedure and taken to the room for rest.