Millions of Americans struggle with losing weight, trying fad diets, weight loss shakes, or diet pills to get results. Unfortunately, these techniques rarely lead to long-term weight loss success. But there are effective treatments that can support your weight loss efforts. At LA Vascular Specialists in the Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Encino communities of Los Angeles, California, Ramtin Massoudi, MD, and the team perform gastric artery embolization as a means of non-surgical weight loss. This procedure leads to long-term weight loss without the risks associated with surgical weight loss procedures. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today to learn more.
Gastric artery embolization is a non-surgical weight-loss procedure LA Vascular Specialists offers.
The procedure is safe and effective and provides long-term weight loss results, similar to what you’d expect from a weight loss procedure. However, with gastric artery embolization, you get results without the risk of any of the complications that might come with weight loss surgery.
The goal of your gastric artery embolization is to help you gain control over your hunger. More specifically, the procedure focuses on suppressing the production of the hormone ghrelin. This hormone stimulates hunger; the upper portion of your stomach, known as the fundus, produces it.
During gastric artery embolization, your provider blocks the gastric artery that supplies blood to the fundus, which decreases the production of ghrelin and your hunger.
Gastric artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that takes about 45 minutes.
During the minimally invasive weight loss procedure, your provider at LA Vascular Specialists inserts a small catheter into a blood vessel in your wrist or groin and advances it towards your gastric artery.
Your provider injects microscopic beads into the gastric artery to block blood flow.
After the procedure, you’re taken to the recovery area for monitoring and discharged home. There’s no need for downtime following gastric artery embolization, and you can resume your usual activities afterward.
Weight loss following gastric artery embolization varies. You may lose as much as 20 pounds during the first 12 months.
Though the procedure helps you gain control over your appetite, to get the best weight loss results, the team at LA Vascular Specialists recommends you follow a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and engage in regular exercise.
Gastric artery embolization leads to permanent weight loss. In addition to helping you reach your weight loss goals, the non-surgical weight loss procedure offers many health benefits, including:
If you’re struggling to lose weight and keep it off, LA Vascular Specialists may have the solution. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.