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Posts for: May, 2018

By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
May 08, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: weight loss   Gastric Balloon   Orbera  

If you are having trouble losing weight, find out how this non-surgical solution might help.gastric balloon

Losing weight isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Perhaps you’ve tried everything from the keto diet to intermittent fasting. Maybe you feel like your second home is the gym and yet you still aren’t seeing the results you want. Our Forest Hills and New York City, NY, area gastroenterologist understands how frustrating it can be to work so hard and still feel disappointed with the lack of results; however, here at Forest Hills Gastroenterology we offer an effective non-surgical way to lose that stubborn fat.

What is Orbera?

One issue many people have when it comes to their diet is portion control. Many people confuse boredom or thirst for hunger. Sometimes you may eat so quickly that you don’t realize you were actually full halfway through. These are issues that over time can lead to the excess weight you don’t want. Luckily, the Orbera balloon system can help you from overeating.

This silicone balloon is temporarily inflated within the stomach where it will greatly reduce how much food you can consume before feeling full. According to Orbera’s official site, this weight loss balloon has been able to help patients lose up to 3 times the weight as compared to diet and exercise alone.

What should I expect from the procedure?

What makes this procedure ideal is that it doesn’t require incisions, stitches, or surgery. Prior to balloon placement, our Forest Hills and New York City gastrointestinal doctor will need to perform an endoscopy to check the health of the esophagus and stomach and make sure there are no issues that could affect getting the Orbera system.

Once we’ve deemed you an ideal candidate we will carefully guide the deflated gastric balloon down the esophagus until we reach the stomach. We will then fill the balloon with saline solution. Once the balloon has been fully inflated, we will remove the endoscope. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes to complete.

When is Orbera removed?

This balloon system will eventually need to be removed after about six months. During those six months, you should notice a significant change in your diet, eating habits, and weight. Of course, it’s also important that this system is used as a tool to help you reach your goal. You should still be eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Even once the gastric balloon has been removed you’ll want to maintain the same habits you adopted while you had the Orbera balloon system.

If you are ready to get the body you want before summer hits then the gastroenterology team at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills and New York City, NY, is ready to help. Schedule your free consultation with us today.