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Recovering From Your Gastric Balloon Procedure

Weight loss is difficult for many and sometimes diet and exercise aren't doing it. Fortunately, Dr. Azeem Khan provides his Forest Hill, New York, patients a solution: gastric balloon. He helps patients begin their weight loss journey at Forest Hills Gastroenterology by performing this non-invasive procedure, but here's more information.

More About Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloons (intragastric balloons) are a temporary solution to help people lose weight. The gastric balloon limits the amount of food a person can hold because it's placed in the stomach. Patients feel fuller quickly, eat less and lose weight.

Because gastric balloons are temporary, removed within six months, it's usually used to help jump-start people's weight loss journey, which usually consists of healthy eating and exercise. People also use gastric balloons aid people who have undergone aggressive weight-loss surgeries, like gastric bypass.

Note, losing weight before getting a gastric balloon reduces the risk of surgical complications.

If you're interested in the procedure, here are a few health benefits to consider:

  • Weight loss
  • A decrease in conditions, like:
    • diabetes
    • high cholesterol
    • high blood pressure
    • bone or joint disease

Gastric Balloon Procedure at Forest Hills in New York

The outpatient procedure takes about 30 minutes. The balloon is placed in your stomach through your mouth, so there is no actual surgery or incision. A saline solution or air is then placed in the balloon.

Aftercare and recovery

You can go home the same day of the procedure and resume normal daily activities. You should stick to only fluids for a few days, then progress to soft foods until it's safe to ingest solid foods.

Your doctor will discuss dietary and exercise changes you need to make until you reach your desired weight. Once Dr. Khan removes the gastric balloon, your stomach will return to its original size.

Remember to maintain your new diet and lifestyle habits, and continue visiting your doctor for regular appointments.

Speak With a Doctor

If you are interested in getting a gastric balloon, the gastroenterology team at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills, New York, can help. For more information call Dr. Azeem Khan at (718) 268-0418.

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