CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Christopher McGowan, CEO and Medical Director of True You Weight Loss, will livestream his 2000th Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty on Saturday, October 15th, allowing prospective patients and physician colleagues from around the world to see firsthand how the procedure is performed and to ask questions in real-time.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is a non-surgical, incisionless, minimally-invasive procedure that reduces the overall size of the stomach to promote long-term weight loss. It’s an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour, and patients can lose up to 100 pounds or more, or approximately 20 percent of their total body weight. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted authorization of the device used for ESG. A recently released MERIT study proved that ESG is an effective and safe procedure, with patients losing 45% more of their excess weight with ESG, compared to diet and lifestyle. Patients undergoing ESG also experienced clinically significant reductions in diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome at 12 months.
Though ESG is highly effective and comes without the side effects of surgery, it’s one of the most technically challenging endoscopic procedures and requires a high level of endoscopic skill. Dr. McGowan is a leading educator in the field of endoscopic weight loss and regularly trains physicians from around the world in the technique of endoscopic suturing. Patients have traveled to Dr. McGowan from more than 48 states and 10 countries for his unrivaled expertise in endoscopic bariatric and metabolic therapies (EBMTs).
Dr. McGowan was the first physician to livestream the ESG procedure back in 2019, and this will be his second time performing it live for a global audience. He explains that the technique for performing ESG has evolved over the years, and this live streaming event will demonstrate these technical changes.
“The emergence of endoscopic bariatric and metabolic therapies (EBMT) like the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is transforming how the medical community can help address our nation’s obesity epidemic – without surgery,” explains Dr. Christopher McGowan. “By performing a live procedure and answering questions about ESG, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of these new tools among the many individuals and clinical providers who are struggling to address obesity and its related medical conditions.”
Just last month, a report by economists detailed the high cost of obesity, and it’s a staggering number. Currently, obesity costs countries 2.19% of their gross domestic product (GDP), and that number is predicted to jump to 3.3% of GDP by 2060. Here in the U.S., we know 42% of U.S. adults are affected by obesity, which is linked to more than 200 diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and multiple forms of cancer.
Viewers can watch the procedure live on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and LinkedIn on Saturday, October 15th at 1pm ET. A recording will be made available on YouTube (Christopher McGowan, MD – YouTube) for those unable to watch live.
About True You Weight Loss, PLLC
Founded by Dr. Christopher McGowan, True You Weight Loss, PLLC is the nation’s first dedicated endobariatric weight loss center. True You Weight Loss offers a comprehensive range of endobariatric procedures and support services to help patients lose weight, including endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), bariatric revisional procedures, intragastric balloon placement, and medical nutrition therapy. To learn more, visit www.trueyouweightloss.com or follow True You on Facebook and Instagram.
About Christopher McGowan, MD
Christopher McGowan, MD is one of the few physicians in the nation who is triple-board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and obesity medicine, and is a world-renowned leader in endobariatrics, a new field of gastroenterology that aims to address the obesity epidemic without surgical intervention. Dr. McGowan earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and completed his internship, residency, and Chief Residency at Brown University in Providence, RI. He did his fellowship training in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. He received his certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2019, after completing additional education in obesity medicine. Follow him on Twitter.