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What is a Weight Loss Balloon?

Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, it's difficult to drop those extra pounds even if you follow a low-calorie weight lossdiet and exercise regularly in New York City parks. If you're worried about the effects of obesity on your health, but have been unsuccessful in losing weight, you may benefit from a weight loss balloon. Dr. Azeem Khan, of Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills and Hollis, NY, explains how weight loss balloons work.

What are weight loss balloons?

Weight loss balloons are placed in your stomach, reducing the amount of space that can hold food. As a result, you'll feel fuller faster and will be much less likely to overeat.

Does placing the weight loss balloon require surgery?

Unlike other weight loss interventions, there's no surgery involved if you choose to shed extra pounds with weight loss balloons. A small deflated balloon attached to the end of an endoscope is passed through your esophagus into your stomach at the beginning of the procedure. Once the balloon is in place, it's filled with saline. Filled balloons are about as big as grapefruits. Depending on your weight loss goals, one or two balloons may be placed in your stomach.

Will the weight loss balloons remain in place permanently?

Weight loss balloons are a temporary measure that can help you learn better portion control. They're left in place for six months, then removed during another endoscopic procedure. Although weight loss balloons naturally make you feel less hungry, you may still need a little help to change the way you think about food and portion sizes.

During the period that the balloons are in your stomach, and even after they're removed, you'll receive information about the best foods to eats to maintain a healthy weight, realistic portion sizes and effective exercises. Thanks to the support you get from the team in the New York City area, you'll be able to make good choices about foods long after your balloons have been removed.

If you live in the New York City area and are looking for a safe, effective way to lose weight, make an appointment with Forest Hills Gastroenterology. Call Dr. Azeem Khan at (718) 268-0418 to schedule a visit in the Forest Hills, NY, office or (718) 206-2505 to make an appointment for the Hollis, NY, office.

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