Botulinum toxin is a toxin created by Clostridium botulinum bacteria that causes temporary relaxation in the muscles. Stomach botox is the process of endoscopically injecting botulinum toxin into the stomach tissue. When injected into the gastric tissue endoscopically, it has the effects of delaying gastric emptying and decreasing appetite. It has not been shown to have a weight loss effect on its own. However in combination with a low calorie diet it shows to help in losing weight. The advantages of the procedure are that it is reversible, does not require surgery, and the rate of side effects is very low. The weight loss obtained in some studies with Botox application seems to be low and more dependent on the diet applied.
Patients who wish to lose weight but are unable to do so on their own and who do not match the requirements for obesity surgery may benefit from losing weight with gastric botox injection. Contrary to previous gastric reduction procedures, gastric botox is performed using an endoscopic technique, thus there are no lasting changes to the stomach or digestive system. Patients don't need to stay in the hospital following gastric botox because it can be applied quickly. Patients can go back to their homes after the essential controls have been carried out.
Actually, anyone who wishes to lose weight can use stomach botox. This process is not an operation for obesity. There are, however, some requirements for patients who can be used. For people who struggle to lose weight effectively with food and exercise, this is a good option.Patients who can benefit from obesity surgery and have a body mass index of 40 or higher are not advised to have gastric botox.
Patients receiving stomach botox should have a body mass index under 40. In other words, it is used on people who have an excess of 10–20 kg and a body mass index between 27 and 35 who are unable to lose weight by diet and exercise. Since the injection of stomach botox is a common endoscopic technique, no serious side effects have been recorded. However, those who have botox allergy or muscular diseases should not have the operation Patients must first have anesthesia before the stomach botox operation, which takes around 20 minutes, can be done. After the patients are put to sleep, an endoscopic technique is used to inject botulinum toxin into certain stomach regions. Gastric botox is a completely painless therapeutic procedure with a low risk of consequences.
Botox is applied to the smooth muscles of the stomach and is beneficial. Botox-treated muscles are less able to contract. For instance, this procedure can take up to 10–12 hours because the contraction of the stomach muscles, which normally process food in 2-3 hours and discharge it in 4-4.5 hours, slows down. Ghrelin, the hunger hormone, is considerably reduced by injection to the region of the stomach where it is concentrated. In this approach, the patient's appetite can be greatly reduced and their feeling of fullness can last for a long period.After having stomach botox, the desire to eat less gradually fades after a couple of days. After two weeks, weight loss starts to become noticeable. Losses of 10 to 20 kg were anticipated.