New ‘Accordion’ Procedure Could Help People Lose 40 Pounds Without Surgery | TODAY


>>>WE’RE BACK.
IT’S 8:10. WE HAVE NEWS ABOUT A WEIGHT LOSS
ALTERNATIVE. UNTIL RECENTLY, MANY PROCEDURES
INVOLVED SURGERY AND WERE RESERVED FOR THE MORBIDLY OBESE.
AND THERE’S A NEW NONSURGICAL TREATMENT FOR THOSE TRYING TO
LOSE 40 POUNDS. IT’S KNOWN AS THE ACCORDION
PROCEDURE. JOHN TORRES IS HERE TO TELL US
ABOUT IT. HI, DR. TORRES.
WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR THE ACCORDION PROCEDURE?
>>THE IDEAL CANDIDATE IS SOMEBODY WHO WANTS TO LOSE 40 TO
60 POUNDS. THEY’RE OBESE OR BEYOND OBESE.
THEY TRIED OTHER WEIGHT LOSS PROCEDURES.
MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS TECHNIQUES. EXERCISE.
DIETS AND THINGS THAT HAVEN’T WORKED FOR THEM.
AND IT’S FOR SOMEBODY THAT CAN’T HAVE SURGERY BECAUSE THEY HAVE
OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS. >>IT’S NOT A SURGERY.
BUT IT IS ENDOSCOPY. >>IT’S SCARLESS.
THEY PUT YOU UNDER GENERAL
ANESTHESIA. THEY PUT A TUBE THROUGH YOUR
MOUTH. THEY PLEAT THE SIDES OF THE
STOMACH. THEY MAKE IT INTO A TUBE ABOUT
THE SIZE OF THE BANANA. YOU EAT LESS AND YOU HAVE LESS
CALORIES AND THAT CAUSES THE WEIGHT LOSS.
>>IS IT GENERAL ANESTHESIA? DO YOU GO COMPLETELY UNDER?
>>IT’S GENERAL ANESTHESIA. BUT THEY SEND YOU HOME THE SAME
DAY. YOU RECOVER AFTER A COUPLE OF
HOURS AND GO HOME RIGHT AWAY. MUCH LESS INVASIVE.
>>YOU GO HOME. BUT YOU DON’T BOUNCE RIGHT BACK.
WHAT’S THE RECOVERY LIKE? >>A TWO-WEEK PERIOD OF DRINKING
LIQUID DIET. THAT’S TO LET THE SUTURES SETTLE
IN, THE TISSUES HEAL A LITTLE BIT THE AND YOU GET A SMALLER
STOMACH. THIS IS NOT A PROCEDURE BY
ITSELF. IT’S A PROCEDURE LIKE THE OTHER
SURGERIES HAVE COME HAND IN HAND WITH DIET, AS WELL.
YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN ANOTHER DIET, WHICH IS SMALL PORTIONS.
>>WHAT KIND OF RESULTS ARE YOU SEEING?
DO YOU SEE DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS?>>THIS IS NOT INVASIVE.
FOR PEOPLE THAT DON’T WANT TO GO THROUGH BIG SURGERIES AND THE
WEIGHT LOSS IS DRAMATIC. THEY’RE LOSING TEN INCHES IN THE
WEIGHT SIZE ALONE. AND FOR ME AS A DOCTOR, THEY’RE
GETTING THEIR HEALTH PARAMETERS UNDER CONTROL.
THE CHOLESTEROL IS BETTER. THE DIABETES IS BETTER.
THE BLOOD PRESSURE IS BETTER. >>WE HAVE TO GET — A LOT OF
PEOPLE SAY HIS SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS? AND WHAT DOES IT COST?
WOULD INSURANCE COVER IT AT ALL?>>THIS IS A VERY LOW PROCEDURE,
INVASIVE-WISE. THE RISKS ARE MINIMAL.
PEOPLE HAD NAUSEA, AND STOMACH CRAMPS.
ONE PERSON IN THE STUDY HAD LEAKAGE THAT TOOK CARE OF WITH
ANTIBIOTICS. THE RISKS AFTER TWO YEARS WERE
MINIMAL. INSURANCES SOMETIMES COVER IT,
SOMETIMES DON’T. IT’S NOT LIKE BARIATRIC SURGERY
BECAUSE IT’S BRAND-NEW. INSURANCES SOMETIMES MIGHT COVER
IT. IF THEY DON’T, $10,000 TO
$15,000 IS THE PROCEDURE. WE TALKED TO A WOMAN WHO HAD IT,
SHE SAID WELL WORTH THE COST. >>IT’S NOT JUST

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