One of the things that differentiates gastric balloon procedures from most other weight loss solutions is the fact that it is an outpatient procedure that is minimally invasive. The Orbera balloon is made of soft silicone and is used to fill a portion of the space within the patient’s stomach. That leaves less room available for food, which helps the patient control food intake. After a period of six months, the balloon can be removed, leaving the stomach in its original configuration. By that time, the patient will have grown accustomed to recognizing the signals between the brain and body that control hunger and satiation and will have established healthier nutrition and exercise habits critical to supporting a healthy lifestyle.
The process begins with an endoscopic procedure to make sure that there are no conditions that would prevent the use of the medical balloon. Then, the patient is given a mild sedative to promote relaxation. The bariatric surgeon inserts the deflated balloon through the patient’s esophagus and into the stomach. Once in position, a syringe is used to partially fill the balloon with a saline solution, to around the size and shape of a grapefruit. The procedure is swift and painless and generally takes only 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The patient is then released and can go home or even back to work.
In order for a gastric balloon to be effective, the patient must be willing and able to take the reins in managing his or her weight loss journey. The balloon will assist by displacing much of the stomach’s volume, which makes it easier to feel full with fewer calories. However, that is just the beginning. Working in conjunction with the bariatric surgeon and the medical support team, patients have access to assistance with nutrition, exercise plans, and overall health and wellness tools. Lasting weight loss requires active and dedicated participation, but the benefits are beyond measure.
Orbera Gastric Balloon: Single Balloon, requires endoscopy for placement
Reshape Gastric Balloon: Double balloon, requires endoscopy for placement
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