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By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
October 20, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology

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.

By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
December 19, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology

Are you wondering whether the gastric balloon could finally help you lose weight?

If you struggle with obesity and are having trouble losing weight despite eating right and exercising, our New York City gastroenterologist, Dr. Azeem Khan, can help your issue with the help of gastric balloon treatment. A gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that can assist patients with obesity to finally see the results they want. Of course, there are some things you should know about this procedure to find out if it’s the right to help jumpstart your weight loss journey.

The gastric balloon is placed non-surgically

The procedure is fast, often taking only 15 minutes to complete. Prior to placing the balloon, your New York City GI doctor will numb your throat before inserting the balloon into the stomach using a very small catheter. Once the balloon is placed, it will be inflated with air or a special solution before the catheter is removed.

The purpose of the gastric balloon is to take up space within the stomach so that the patient feels fuller faster, which then results in eating less. This procedure makes it possible to help those who have obesity lose weight without having to turn to surgery.

A gastric balloon is only right for those who have severe obesity

A gastric balloon isn’t right for everyone. You may be right for a gastric balloon if you’ve been having trouble losing weight despite a healthy diet and regular exercise or if you are dealing with other health problems as a result of your obesity (e.g. diabetes). An ideal patient will also have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40.

There are no restricted foods with the balloon

Certain meal plans and weight loss programs often nix certain foods, making it difficult and restrictive to adhere to for long periods of time; however, instead of restricting any foods, your gastroenterologist will focus on portion control and moderation, which includes eating healthy with the occasional treat (because we all need to treat ourselves at times).

This is not a permanent solution

A gastric balloon is only left in the stomach for six months before it is removed. Of course, your gastroenterologist will also be working with you the entire time to ensure that you are maintaining a balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle. While the balloon can provide amazing results, it’s these doctor-supervised support programs and long-term lifestyle modifications that go a long way to motivating patients and helping them reach their long-term weight loss goals.

You will continue to receive support from your doctor even once the balloon is removed to help you maintain your results and to support your continual weight loss efforts.

Call us

If you have obesity and want to find out if the gastric balloon is the right way to help you successfully lose weight, then call Forest Hills Gastroenterology in New York City today at (718) 268-0418 to schedule an appointment.