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Botox Injections in the Stomach Don’t Help Weight Loss

I was reading a few months ago about some interesting work that had been done to help patient lose weight by injecting Botox into their stomachs.  The logic was that the stomach muscles would relax and therefore not empty the gastric contents very quickly, thereby causing early satiety and eventually weight loss.  Seems like a plan, right?  Too bad the latest studies contest the conclusions.

A new study performed at the Mayo Clinic was not able to replicate that kind of outcome.  The study was recently published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.  I’m sure that gastroenterologists and the makers of Botox were both very disappointed, but not as much as the rest of us!

Actually, I’m not sure this would have been the best idea anyway.  I mean, getting a shot of Botox in the stomach can’t be simple.  We know that Botox effects are temporary, so would you really want to have an endoscopy every few months to get the treatment?  I would personally pass on that option.

So, I’m afraid we are back to the much more invasive weight loss procedures for the meantime.  Gastric bypass and laparoscopic gastric banding are still excellent options for those people who are frankly obese.  The botox idea would have been nice, however, for those of us who are simply, “overweight”, and need to lose a few pounds…as long as the delivery system could have been more “palatable”…

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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