Endoluminal sleeve (ELS) is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure that involves placing a temporary, tube-like device inside the stomach to reduce its capacity and create a feeling of fullness.
During the ELS procedure, the device, which is made of a biodegradable material, is inserted through the mouth and guided down into the stomach using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera on the end. Once in place, the device is inflated to create a sleeve that lines the inside of the stomach and reduces its capacity.
The endoluminal sleeve is left in place for a period of time, usually several months, and then naturally breaks down and passes through the digestive system. During this time, the sleeve helps to control appetite and reduce the amount of food that can be consumed, leading to weight loss.
ELS is typically recommended for individuals with a BMI of 30 to 40 who have not been able to achieve weight loss through diet and exercise alone. It is considered to be a less invasive option than other types of weight loss surgery, and has a lower risk of complications.
However, it is important to note that ELS is a relatively new procedure and the long-term effectiveness and safety of the device is still being studied. Additionally, the device may need to be repositioned or removed if it causes discomfort or other issues.
As with any weight loss procedure, it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of ELS with a qualified healthcare provider before making a decision. It is also important to follow a strict diet and exercise plan during and after the time the device is in place in order to achieve and maintain weight loss.