What is Gastric Botox?
Gastric Botox has become one of the latest weight loss methods used in certain weights. The stomach wall is injected with Botox, which temporarily relaxes the stomach muscles. It prevents its contraction and pushing food into the intestines. This slows the digestion process and helps keep the food for long periods of time in the stomach and therefore the patient feels full for long periods without the need for more food.
The procedure is easy and simple in 15 minutes with local anesthesia.
Who is the best candidate for Gastric Botox?
It is not the best choice for those with large weights, for example. But it is suitable for the following cases:
1- Obese patients who have an increase in weight from 10-20 kg.
2- Obese patients who have not been able to lose weight with diet regimens and exercises.
3- Obese patients who suffer from some organic problems that hinder exposure to bariatric surgery with general anesthesia.
4- Obese patients who like to eat in large quantities.
How is the Gastric Botox injected?
The procedure is performed in minutes by oral endoscopy, the last of which is connected to a needle that injects Botox into the stomach wall.
Before the procedure, Avoid any medications that affect blood fluidity such as aspirin to avoid bleeding. The patient must fast 12 hours before the procedure.
The amount of Botox injected is determined by the size of the stomach.
What is after Gastric Botox:
1- After the Gastric Botox injection, the patient returns home immediately without having to stay in the hospital.
2- The patient should commit to the doctor's instructions, especially in the first days after injection, including the diet.
3- Regular exercises ensure the results of Gastric Botox in weight loss.
4- Some side effects may occur in the first days only after the procedure such as vomiting and nausea, which are releaved by days.
Is the result of Gastric Botox permanent?
The answer is No, the result is temporary and lasts only 6 months. The weight loss usually appears in the first month after the procedure.
Some patients may need to re-inject after six months.
Medical examinations before Gastric Botox. An important factor for weight loss:
Some patients may be obese, but the main cause is hormonal disorders, not too much eating. Their condition requires treatment of these disorders first before any weight loss procedure.
What is the difference between Cosmetic Botox and Gastric Botox?
In fact, Their both idea is the same.
Cosmetic botox works to treat and eliminate wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles responsible for the formation of wrinkles and facial lines. The patient therefore enjoys a clear, wrinkle-free face.
Gastric Botox temporarily relaxes the stomach muscles and prevents them from constantly contracting to empty food from the stomach to the intestines. Thus, the patient is satisfied with the least amount of food due to stay of food for long periods of time in the stomach.
Successful Gastric Botox = competent and experienced doctor + suitable patient:
The secret behind the success of gastric botox injections and achieving the desired result lies in:
- The experience, competence and accuracy of the doctor who performs the injections with the right patient selection for the injection. As mentioned earlier, Gastric Botox is not suitable for all obese patients, for example, It is not suitable for obese patients with large weights.
Botox alone is not enough:
Gastric Botox is like a lot of weight loss procedures, does not fit alone. It is not magic, it needs to be committed to the patient and to be subjected to the instructions of a doctor. Not eating in large quantities and also the need to exercise regularly to maintain botox results.
Complications of Gastric Botox:
One of the most important causes of complications of Gastric Botox is the incompetence of the doctor who injects it and this is due to its need for severe accuracy in injection to avoid many problems and complications that may result from the wrong injection of botox.
1- Injecting the wrong muscles, which causes paralysis for the period of botox presence in the stomach, which results in indigestion and stomach disorders.
2- Infection or bleeding occurs during endoscopy even if they are rare symptoms.
3- The patient's allergy to Botox.
4- Injecting more amounts of Botox than required leads to permanent muscle paralysis and weakness which causes a lot of gastric disorders.
Tips after injection of Gastric Botox:
1- It is forbidden to drive after the injection immediately.
2- Eating and drinking is not allowed immediately after the procedure due to the larynx numbness for some time.
3- Botox effectiveness lasts for 6 months and sometimes lasts in some cases for more than 6 months.
The cost of prepared botox in Egypt:
The cost of gastric botox varies from case to case depending on the type of Botox injected, the amount of Botox injected, the endoscope used in the injections and the hospital where the procedure was performed.