Weight Loss Balloon Procedure
For individuals who are severely overweight, a weight loss balloon can make it easier to lose weight. Weight loss balloons cause patients to feel full more quickly by taking up space in the stomach. When patients feel full sooner, they end up eating less during meals and ultimately losing weight. The experienced gastroenterologists at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills, NY, can help you decide if a weight loss balloon is right for you.
What Are Weight Loss Balloons?
Weight loss balloons are placed in the stomach via a nonsurgical procedure. In some cases only one balloon is placed in the stomach. In other situations, two balloons might be utilized. Balloons are inserted into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. Once a balloon has been set in place, it is then filled with a liquid saline solution or, in some cases, a gas. These balloons are only temporary and must be removed by the doctor within six months.
Weight loss balloons aid in weight loss by creating a smaller space in the stomach for food. Patients with weight loss balloons become full much more quickly when eating because there is less room for food in their stomach due to the presence of the balloon. Over time, weight loss balloon patients eat less and experience moderate weight loss in a short amount of time.
How Effective Are Weight Loss Balloons?
When combined with adherence to a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet, weight loss balloon patients do experience a satisfactory amount of weight loss while the balloon is in place. Individuals participating in clinical trials for different types of weight loss balloons lost between 26-46% of the excess weight they were carrying during the time the balloon was in place. After removal of the balloon, it is important that patients continue to exercise and maintain a healthy diet in order to keep the weight off.
Weight loss balloons can be an effective method for losing a moderate amount of weight fairly quickly. They can help people struggling to lose weight to finally achieve positive results. A gastroenterologist at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills, NY, can advise you as to whether or not the weight loss balloon is a good choice for you.