New weight loss procedure sparing patients time and money

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A new weight loss procedure out of Mayo Clinic is sparing patients both time and money.

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for those overweight struggling to shed those extra pounds.

The two-hour outpatient procedure constricts the stomach without surgery.

Instead, a mechanical suturing device is fixed at the end of an endoscope, that is small enough to fit through the esophagus.

The flexible instrument threads through the body to the stomach were one row sutures reshapes and the other forms the sleeve.

The procedure allows a patient to eat and feel full sooner and for longer periods of time.

Unlike a gastric bypass, the procedure can be reversed, repeated and adjusted to fit the person's needs.

The procedure is estimated to cost about $10,000.

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