Belly Balloon - Non-Surgical
Are you struggling to lose weight, but diets and exercise aren’t
enough? You’re not alone. Now there’s an answer - a simple
non-surgical option and you don’t have to wait.
The gastric "belly" balloon has been offered in Europe for many
years, and was recently approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
In this procedure, a deflated silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach
and then filled with sterile saline. The procedure takes less than 30
minutes in an outpatient setting. The balloon, which is inflated to about
the size of a grapefruit, creates a sense of fullness and limits food intake.
After six months, the balloon is removed from the stomach. Patients agree
to participate in a one-year behavior modification program in conjunction
with the doctor to improve the long-term outcomes.
Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the gastric
balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food
to eat to maintain your new weight.Studies show that patients with the
stomach balloon may lose three times the weight than those on diet and
exercise programs alone.
Not everyone is eligible for this procedure, to learn more about eligibility
and risks, speak with your bariatric surgeon. To make an appointment or
learn more, call (800) 258-2723,
click here or fill out a
Dr. Julie Ellner holds monthly seminars on the belly balloon for anyone wanting to know
more about the procedure. To find out more details about being a participant
in a research study on the balloon, call (619) 286-7866.
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