Mayo Clinic develops new weight loss procedure

By WEEK Producer

May 27, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM CDT

A new weight loss procedure out of Mayo Clinic is sparing patients time and money.

The procedure is called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.

It's a minimally invasive treatment, not for the morbidly obese, but for those overweight struggling to shed extra pounds.

It's a two-hour outpatient procedure that constricts the stomach without surgery. One row of sutures reshapes the stomach and the other forms the sleeve.

This procedure allows a patient to eat and feel full sooner and for longer periods of time.

The procedure can be reversed or adjusted to fit the patient's needs.

"It gives us the signal that we can go back down,” said Dr. Christopher Gostout, gastroenterologist. “Tighten things up and re-modify the sleeve that we create. We can do that throughout the patient's life."

The new procedure is estimated to cost about $10,000, which is about one-fourth of gastric bypass surgery.

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