Gastric injection

Gastric injection refers to a medical procedure where medications or substances are injected directly into the stomach for various therapeutic purposes, such as weight loss or treatment of gastric conditions.

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    Non-surgical procedures for weight loss, such as Gastric Injection, are the most simple procedures for obesity. A gastric injection or stomach injection takes only a few minutes. You don’t need surgical procedures or a recovery period. This endoscopic procedure helps you get rid of weight with a safe solution.

    The Gastric injection procedure usually applies to people who are not obese. For people who are overweight and cannot lose weight despite dieting or exercising.

    As a result, this non-surgical procedure for weight loss helps you follow your diet better and reduce the feeling of hunger.

    Gastric injection paralyzes some muscles and nerves in your stomach temporarily. Thus, your appetite hormone secretion will be lower. In addition, your stomach begins to empty much slower. When your appetite is suppressed, you will consume less food and lose weight. It is an effective and easy procedure for weight loss in terms of application.

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    Why is gastric injection done?

    The Gastric injection is an endoscopic and nonsurgical weight loss procedure. This procedure temporarily relaxes your stomach muscles and reduces the feeling of hunger. This procedure is a new treatment and helps to lose weight effectively. Keep in mind that any weight loss procedure is not a miracle. You cannot lose weight permanently without self-discipline.

    For patients with a body mass index above 40, this procedure will not cause a significant change. Patients who are mildly obese or overweight are suitable for gastric injection. Moreover, you must try and fail to diet and exercise before having a gastric injection. The most suitable patients for the application are those not obese enough to need obesity surgery.


    The Gastric injection is very easy to apply; application occurs without complications. It is not possible to talk about any permanent damage. This procedure does not harm anyone except people with muscle disease and certain allergies. After the procedure, your compliance with the diet is very critical. Your doctor will arrange the diet entirely according to your needs. The procedure may fail if you eat or drink poorly; good results can disappear. You may regain the excess weight again! There is a slim chance of constipation after the procedure. However, you can solve this easily by using stool softeners. There is a low risk of bleeding, as with any injection into the stomach. So, gastric injection is much safer than other weight loss procedures.

    How do you prepare for gastric injection?

    Do not consume food or drink for 12 hours before the procedure. An empty stomach ensures that the patient does not vomit during endoscopy. Quit alcohol or cigarettes 1-2 days before the procedure. Also, avoid certain medications the day before, such as aspirin can cause bleeding during surgery. For this reason, you must inform the doctor about your medicines fully. This is not a procedure that requires hospitalization. It takes a very short time and is painless. However, there is always a possibility of a mistake or a problem. It does not hurt to be ready for any setbacks.

    What you can expect?

    No medical miracle will make you lose weight without showing discipline. When your appetite is low, following the diet becomes easier. But you must be psychologically ready to lose weight. Otherwise, it is possible to regain the lost weight thanks to the procedure. If you consume excessive carbohydrates after gastric injection, you will regain weight. When you take the necessary care, you lose 10-15% of your total weight in 3-6 months. However, these rates may vary depending on age, metabolism, and life activity.

    Before gastric injection

    Before gastric injection, you will undergo careful examination and tests. Your doctor will determine whether a gastric injection is right for you. Your doctor needs to know about your medical issues for a successful procedure. If there is a genetic disease in the family, tell your doctor.

    This procedure can be dangerous for patients with ulcers or gastritis. In this case, treatment is mandatory before performing a stomach injection. A pregnancy test is for caution, in case you are unaware of the pregnancy. If the result is positive, your doctor delays or cancels the procedure. After the necessary tests, the doctor will inform you about the preparation. They will warn you about fasting, alcohol, and cigarette consumption. In addition, you should move as little as possible before the operation because movement affects the stomach muscles like any other muscle. During the procedure, encountering a contracted stomach is not ideal for your doctor.

    During procedure

    The gastric injection is a non-surgical procedure, so no incisions are necessary. Firstly, the doctor administers the anesthesia to the patient intravenously. The procedure has carried out always without intubation.

    If there are no obstacles, the doctor applies the injection to certain areas in your stomach. This is the most critical stage of the procedure. Application areas and usage of the injection may vary from patient to patient. In addition, there is no pain, and the risks of complications are minimal. This is a very safe and effective procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. Soon after the doctor finishes the injection, you wake up and go to the observation room.

    After gastric injection

    After the procedure, you will be under observation for 1-2 hours as a precaution. They will check you one last time and give you liquid food. Then, they will discharge you without hospitalization. You will not endure any pain or vomiting. Still, your doctor can treat any problem quite easily, even if any problem occurs. Then, you can return to your daily life. Since the procedure is non-invasive, it does not affect your mobility.

    The success of the procedure alone is not enough. Changing your lifestyle, eating, and drinking habits comes into play in the aftermath. To preserve the results, doctors regulate your nutrition. Moreover, a dietician must create an appropriate diet just for you. You should frequently contact your dietician to maintain your general health and the procedure's benefits. Stay away from fast food, fatty, and sugary foods and drinks. Since the stomach will have difficulty digesting such foods, it may invite diseases such as gastritis or ulcers. As a result, consuming green foods allows the stomach to digest more easily and you to lose weight more comfortably.

    The results

    The effects of the operation begin to manifest within 3-4 days. The injection partially paralyzes the stomach muscles for a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 6 months. It delays gastric emptying, and you feel satiated. Since your appetite will be below, if you do not eat when feeling full, you start to lose excess weight quickly.

    Finally, as long as you follow the dietician’s recommendations, stay active during the day, and do not neglect to do sports, the gastric injection can help you completely get rid of your excess weight. If you go to the doctor and dietician check-ups regularly, you avoid any complications that may occur during the weight loss process. Completing the process and ending obesity depend on your determination and discipline.

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