POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery Endolumenal)

How does the procedure work?

During the POSE procedure (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) the surgeon will insert a special small endoscope through your mouth and into the stomach which he will use to create folds in the stomach using specially designed tissue anchors. These folds reduce the size and capacity of the stomach, meaning you should feel full after eating smaller meals, thus reducing your food intake.

How long will I be in hospital?

Usually this is done as a day case but some patients stay overnight for observation.

How much weight will I lose?

POSE is a new procedure so long term information on weight loss is not yet available. Early results show patients, on average, lose about 30% of their excess body weight within three to twelve months.

What are the risks and side effects to POSE?

Some patients have suffered with a sore throat and nausea after the procedure but these symptoms usually resolve within a few days. Long term data on complications is not yet available but it may be possible for the oesophagus and stomach to be damaged.

How long does it take to recover after surgery?

Most patients will return to normal activity within a few days of their procedure. You will be restricted to a liquid only diet for the first two days after surgery and then gradually return to a normal diet. You will be given a diet and exercise plan to follow to give you the best chance of weight loss and so you know what you can eat.