Obesity under control

Obesity represents a major public health problem. It is predicted that by 2030 more than 40% of the population will be obese and approximately 70% may be overweight to some degree.

It is a chronic and progressive disease that, in addition to the social and aesthetic stigmatization it entails, is associated with metabolic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, etc., or severe psychological disorders and even with certain cancerous diseases. All this reduces the quality of life and increases mortality, to the point of becoming the second leading preventable cause of death after tobacco.

Therefore, it is a disease that by itself and because of all the associated risks requires a personalized and multidisciplinary treatment.

Gastrodex has several specialized units: Endoscopic Treatment of Obesity (UTEO), Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Digestive and Bariatric Endoscopy, Motility, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Proctology.

Endoscopic Treatment of Obesity Unit (UTEO)

This area is composed of more than 15 professional specialists dedicated to obesity. Each case is studied and the best treatment is recommended. In certain cases, they can offer various complementary endoscopic techniques.

These techniques are performed exclusively through the mouth, without scars or surgery and without hospitalization. Several possibilities are available: stomach volume reduction (POSE and Apollo Endosleeve methods), the insertion of a specific intestinal prosthesis (Endobarrier), the suction system or the placement of various types of the well-known intragastric balloons with a duration of up to one year, among others.

Endosleeve Method

The Endosleeve method is a novel treatment designed to perform continuous gastric sutures, which allows reducing the size of the stomach, with an effect similar to that of gastric reduction surgery, but exclusively through the mouth. Thus, it is postulated as a good alternative to more invasive surgical techniques. The results obtained are excellent, with weight loss similar to surgery in studies with one-year follow-up and without complications.

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The general objective of all the treatments and endoscopic techniques performed is to achieve an adequate weight loss and improve the associated metabolic diseases. Dietary follow-up and psychological support are essential in order to modify the patient’s habits and maintain the achieved results over time.

If you are overweight or obese, you can consult your doubts free of charge to Gastrodex specialists, who also organize informative open days that can be consulted at: www.gastrodex.com.

Gastrodex is the Digestive Service of the Hospital Universitari Dexeus (Quirónsalud Group) in Barcelona.