Works Better than Medical Weight Loss
Less Risk than Surgery
Is the Gastric Balloon the missing component of the weight loss armamentarium?
Up until now patients seeking medical advice for weight loss – often to treat associated medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea – have only had 2 options: medical weight loss which doesn’t work well long-term and surgery which, although effective, carries significant risk. These two areas of treatment are very far removed from one another. There appeared to be nothing to fill the gap. Now, the FDA-approved Gastric Balloon may be the answer to thousands of patients stranded in the middle.
The Gastric Balloon is a plastic device placed into the stomach using a flexible endoscope without a general anesthetic. The procedure takes only a few minutes while the patient is under deep IV sedation. Once in place the balloon is filled to an amount based on the individual patient’s characteristics. The scope is removed and the patient is allowed to wake up from the sedation. Patients will go home within 2 hours of the procedure.
Prior to Gastric Balloon placement the patient will enroll in a Program directed by Doctor Marvin which includes a comprehensive medical assessment, consultation with a registered dietician, and an appointment with an exercise specialist. The patient will be seen at regular intervals with ongoing education and assessment by Doctor Marvin and the other specialists. The Gastric Balloon is removed at a second endoscopic procedure after 6 months per the requirements of the FDA. The Program will cover 12 months, with medical and dietary assessments continuing after removal.
Although the Gastric Balloon is not permanent it facilitates significant weight loss immediately after placement. Using better eating behavior reinforced with education sessions, weight loss can be expected to continue past the 6 month mark. Using this “reset” for eating behavior, a typical patient will be able to maintain a lower weight or extend the weight loss after the Gastric Balloon is removed.
The Gastric Balloon is a low risk procedure. Complications are rare and almost never life-threatening. There is a period of adjustment after balloon placement where the patient’s system becomes accustomed to the presence of the balloon. Mild dehydration can occur in a minority of patients.
If you are frustrated by years of dieting and exercise regimens that never seem to achieve adequate weight loss, then the Gastric Balloon may be the answer. If you are interested in our program please call 713-993-7124