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By Forest Hills Gastroenterology
August 24, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology

Orbera Weight Loss ResultsTheoretically, losing weight should be as simple as eating right and exercising. However, for many people, those last few stubborn pounds sometimes seem as though they will never go away. Luckily, your gastroenterologist can help you lose the weight you want with Orbera, a new and effective weight loss procedure. Find out more about Orbera and what it can do for you with Dr. Azeem Khan at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills, NY.

What is Orbera? 
Orbera is a non-surgical weight loss treatment which can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle to reach your goal weight. Unlike other weight loss treatment options, Orbera uses a balloon placed inside the stomach to minimize the amount of space inside, allowing you to feel fuller faster and eat less to feel satisfied. The balloon remains in the stomach for six months, allowing you to easier control your portion sizes and learn how to maintain a healthy diet while your body adapts to the new changes.

Am I a candidate for Orbera? 
A good candidate for Orbera wants to change their lifestyle to maintain their goal weight and understands that the treatment only gets them started, but they must keep the weight off themselves after the removal of the balloon. Additionally, good candidates should be adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40. Your doctor can help you weigh the pros and cons of this procedure and ensure that it is the best weight loss treatment for you and your body.

What can I expect from Orbera? 
Orbera consists of a balloon which your doctor inserts through the mouth while deflated via an endoscopic procedure. Once inside the stomach, your doctor fills the balloon with a saline solution to inflate it. The balloon then takes up about as much room as a grapefruit and moves within the stomach. The Orbera experience also includes a support team which may consist of your doctor, a dietician, and a mental health care professional to ensure that your lifestyle changes along with your weight in order to maintain your goals.

Orbera Weight Loss Balloon in Forest Hills, NY
For more information on Orbera, please contact Dr. Khan at Forest Hills Gastroenterology in Forest Hills, NY. Call (718) 459-8460 to schedule your appointment for an Orbera consultation today!

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) 268-0418 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan or Dr. Nazareth.