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By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
September 12, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology

Reaching and maintaining a stable and healthy weight will not just make you feel good and have more energy to enjoy your favorite Weight-Loss-activities and time with friends and family; it is also an important factor in your overall health and wellness. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, the key to do so safely and for the long term is to work with a medical professional to find the best solution for your lifestyle and circumstances. Dr. Azeem Khan, a gastroenterologist in New York City offers a number of medical weight loss options to help you reach your weight and health goals.


Reach Your Goal Weight with the Weight Loss Balloon in New York City

The weight loss balloon helps severely overweight patients manage their appetite by taking up room in the stomach, which helps you to feel full with smaller meals. Unlike gastric bypass and other medical weight loss procedures, the weight loss balloon is a temporary, non-surgical procedure.

The balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope, so there is no surgery and no incisions. Depending on your weight loss goals, the gastroenterologist may recommend two balloons for maximum results. Each balloon is then filled with either saline or gas and inflated, effectively making the stomach smaller so that you feel fuller faster, eating less at each meal and gradually losing weight over time. After six months, the balloons are removed.


What to Expect with the Weight Loss Balloon

Like with any weight loss plan, there is no silver bullet. The weight loss balloon works as part of a comprehensive weight-loss and management plan that includes regular exercise and a healthy balanced diet while the weight loss balloon is in place, and after it is removed.


Find a Gastroenterologist in New York City

For more information about the weight loss balloon and other medical weight-loss treatment options in New York City, contact Forest Hills Gastroenterology by calling (718) 459-8460 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khan and his team today.

By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
December 06, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology

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) 459-8460 to schedule a visit in the Forest Hills, NY, office or (718) 206-2505 to make an appointment for the Hollis, NY, office.