Nonsurgical Weight Loss Options

At the University of Chicago Medicine, we partner with our patients who are struggling with weight and provide them with a nonsurgical program that uses endoscopic therapies as a powerful tool to facilitate or enhance weight loss. Though it is not a cure for obesity, when used properly, endoscopy can provide an effective way to achieve sustained weight loss. Patients lose an average of 8 to 20 percent of their total body weight.

As one of the only programs in Chicago currently offering the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) procedure, our Center for the Endoscopic Treatment of Obesity offers patients the latest treatments for nonsurgical weight loss. In addition to performing a wide variety of procedures to best meet our patients' needs, we also offer our patients access to clinical trials, enabling them to benefit from novel treatment solutions not yet widely available on the market.

A Comprehensive Approach to Care

The partnership we form with our patients goes far beyond performing these procedures. We work with our patients to make healthier choices, providing guidance on dietary and lifestyle changes, and where applicable, the use of nutritional supplements. Our recommendations are tailored to each individual patient.

Lifestyle changes could include regular exercise containing both aerobic and resistance components to maximize a patient's potential. Our dietitians ensure our patients receive adequate protein and nutritional intake to enhance their prolonged success and minimize the risk of developing a nutritional deficiency.

The key to our success is maintaining long-term relationships with our patients. This allows us to identify and treat any issues or concerns before they become more severe and difficult to manage.

Christina Brodzik, before (inset) and after the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedure

Outpatient procedure helps a busy consultant lose 75 pounds

Looking for a minimally invasive weight loss aid that could fit into her busy lifestyle, Christina Brodzik turned to Dr. Christopher Chapman and the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) procedure to lose 75 pounds and keep it off.

Read Christina's success story

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