Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (Scarless Sleeve)
Arguably the most exciting innovation in weight-loss surgery in decades is something called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty — or “Scarless Sleeve” — a procedure that creates a sleeve without cutting or scars. Dr. Sasse has been one of the pioneers in endoscopic weight-loss procedures, having performed endoscopic suturing and revision procedures using technologies that employ an endoscope — that is, a soft flexible tube passed down from the mouth into the interior of the esophagus and stomach.
In recent years, advances in that technology now enable skilled bariatric surgeons to perform a very effective weight-loss procedure called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty all through the endoscope and without cutting or scars. Dr. Sasse is one of a small number of leading bariatric surgeons and experts in minimally invasive technology that offers the still-investigational procedure to the public.
Because the procedure is considered less invasive than surgery, it is available to individuals with a lower BMI than conventional weight-loss surgery. Early results indicate that individuals lose 30-60 pounds within the first six months of the procedure, which is performed on an outpatient, or same-day, basis. Dr. Sasse and his team view the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty as an important piece of a comprehensive plan to achieve successful permanent weight loss.