What does the procedure involve?
The POSE® procedure will be completed by your Bariatric Endoscopist within one hour in a day hospital, under general anaesthetic. You will be able to be safely discharged from the day hospital on the same day.
The procedure is endoscopic, which means no incisions are required. Instead, a flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) is inserted into your stomach via your mouth. Folds are created through the stomach and secured using a special tool (anchor). Recovery from the procedure typically takes 2-3 days, during which time some degree of pain or nausea may be experienced. Medications will be used to minimise your symptoms during this period. A short period of fasting is required to permit the healing of the stomach, followed by several weeks of a liquid-based diet, before returning to a normal diet.
How can I enhance my weight loss?
The POSE® procedure is a tool to aid weight loss, giving you a kick-start by allowing you to control portions and manage your appetite, as you develop healthy and sustainable habits. We know the POSE® procedure is most effective when accompanied by a lifestyle program, which is why at The BMI Clinic, the POSE® is paired with either our Silver, Gold or Platinum lifestyle program, delivered by a team of weight loss specialists, including Bariatric Physicians, Nurses, Dietitians, Exercise Specialists and Behavioural Coaches. Data from our own clinic demonstrates the more a patient engages with the team, the greater their weight loss.
How much weight can I expect to lose following the POSE® procedure?
The more you engage with your team, the more successful your weight loss journey will be. In general terms, patients typically see 18% weight loss after one year, or an average of 18kg for an individual of 100kg. However ultimately, the amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow the advice of your medical and allied health care team.