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By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
May 08, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: weight loss   Gastric Balloon   Orbera  

If you are having trouble losing weight, find out how this non-surgical solution might help.gastric balloon

Losing weight isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Perhaps you’ve tried everything from the keto diet to intermittent fasting. Maybe you feel like your second home is the gym and yet you still aren’t seeing the results you want. Our Forest Hills and New York City, NY, area gastroenterologist understands how frustrating it can be to work so hard and still feel disappointed with the lack of results; however, here at Forest Hills Gastroenterology we offer an effective non-surgical way to lose that stubborn fat.

What is Orbera?

One issue many people have when it comes to their diet is portion control. Many people confuse boredom or thirst for hunger. Sometimes you may eat so quickly that you don’t realize you were actually full halfway through. These are issues that over time can lead to the excess weight you don’t want. Luckily, the Orbera balloon system can help you from overeating.

This silicone balloon is temporarily inflated within the stomach where it will greatly reduce how much food you can consume before feeling full. According to Orbera’s official site, this weight loss balloon has been able to help patients lose up to 3 times the weight as compared to diet and exercise alone.

What should I expect from the procedure?

What makes this procedure ideal is that it doesn’t require incisions, stitches, or surgery. Prior to balloon placement, our Forest Hills and New York City gastrointestinal doctor will need to perform an endoscopy to check the health of the esophagus and stomach and make sure there are no issues that could affect getting the Orbera system.

Once we’ve deemed you an ideal candidate we will carefully guide the deflated gastric balloon down the esophagus until we reach the stomach. We will then fill the balloon with saline solution. Once the balloon has been fully inflated, we will remove the endoscope. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes to complete.

When is Orbera removed?

This balloon system will eventually need to be removed after about six months. During those six months, you should notice a significant change in your diet, eating habits, and weight. Of course, it’s also important that this system is used as a tool to help you reach your goal. You should still be eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Even once the gastric balloon has been removed you’ll want to maintain the same habits you adopted while you had the Orbera balloon system.

If you are ready to get the body you want before summer hits then the gastroenterology team at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills and New York City, NY, is ready to help. Schedule your free consultation with us today.

By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
June 16, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology

Find out if a gastric balloon is the best way to help you lose weight.gastric balloon

No matter what diet you try or exercise regimen you take on, you are still finding it nearly impossible to lose the weight and keep it off. Despite your best efforts, sometimes you just need a little extra help to lose weight, and that’s okay. Of course, there are so many weight loss strategies to consider that it can sometimes be difficult to know which one is the best choice. Our New York City gastroenterologist, Dr. Azeem Khan, provides a little more information about what goes into getting a gastric balloon to help you decide whether it could meet your weight loss goals.

What is involved in getting a gastric balloon?

This non-surgical procedure is always performed while under the effects of sedation so you won’t feel anything. During this procedure, we will use an endoscope— a thin flexible tube—to guide a balloon down the esophagus into the stomach. Once inside the stomach, our NYC doctor will fill the balloon with saline. Once the balloon is full of the solution, we will remove the endoscope. This procedure takes around 30 minutes and you’ll be able to leave the office after it’s complete. The average recovery time is usually about three days.

What are the benefits of getting the gastric balloon?

When you have the gastric balloon you will notice that you feel full more quickly. Because of this, many patients report losing a significant amount of weight in the first six months after the procedure. Those who’ve experienced significant weight loss have also reported an improvement in conditions such as diabetes, as well as musculoskeletal and joint problems.

Does the gastric balloon have to be removed?

After having the balloon for six months, it will be removed. After that, we will provide you with a diet plan to follow to make sure that you continue to stick to your goals after having the gastric balloon. Having these regular one-on-one sessions with us is very important, as it can continue to help keep you motivated and focused on your weight loss.

If you are interested in this weight loss procedure, then it’s time to find out if you are the ideal candidate for treatment. Call Forest Hills Gastroenterology in NYC today to book your consultation. Let’s start your weight loss journey together.