Are You Having Problems Losing Weight?
By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
February 03, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology

If you are having problems losing weight, then a weight loss balloon might be able to help. Severely overweight individuals who have weight lossbeen unable to lose weight on their own can finally lose weight with the help of a weight loss balloon. In Forest Hills, NY, also serving New York City, the weight loss balloon is placed in the stomach by a gastroenterologist through a nonsurgical procedure. The balloon helps patients feel full sooner so they eat less. At Forest Hills Gastroenterology, Dr. Azeem Khan or Dr. Samantha Nazareth can help you decide if the weight loss balloon is right for you.

How Weight Loss Balloons Work

Weight loss balloons work to help patients lose weight by taking up space in the stomach. Since the balloon takes up part of the stomach, there is less room for food. The result is that patients with weight loss balloons feel full much more quickly when eating than they did before getting the balloon. Ultimately, patients end up eating less and are typically able to lose a moderate amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. Once the balloon is removed, weight loss can continue for patients who exercise and maintain a healthy diet.

Using a nonsurgical procedure, a gastroenterologist places the weight loss balloon into the stomach using an endoscope. The deflated balloon is attached to the endoscope and gently passed through the mouth. Once inside the stomach, the balloon is inflated and filled with either a saline solution or a gas. In some cases, two balloons are placed in the stomach simultaneously. Your New York City gastroenterologist, in Forest Hills, NY, believes weight loss balloons are only intended as a temporary weight loss aid and should be removed by the gastroenterologist within six months.

If you are having problems losing weight, a temporary weight loss balloon could be the solution. A gastroenterologist can help determine if one is right for you. In Forest Hills, the weight loss balloon procedure can be performed by the gastroenterologists at Forest Hills Gastroenterology, serving the New York City area. Call (718) 459-8460 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan or Dr. Nazareth.