You, like many Americans, have been struggling to lose weight. You’ve tried every diet in the book and you work out regularly, and yet you still don’t see results. We understand how frustrating this can be for many adults who are doing everything right but still can’t lose weight. Here at Forest Hills Gastroenterology, our gastroenterologist Dr. Azeem Khan is offering patients an FDA-approved, non-surgical weight loss solution that can finally help patients lose weight and keep it off.
What is Orbera?
Orbera is a type of gastric balloon that is placed into the stomach, where it takes up space to help patients feel fuller faster when eating. This balloon curbs hunger and reduces the number of calories a person can consume in one sitting. This gastric balloon helps our patients with portion control to prevent overeating.
Surgery is not required to place the balloon, which makes it a popular option for many of our patients. Instead of surgically placing the balloon into the stomach, the deflated balloon is guided into the stomach through the esophagus, where it is placed into the stomach and then filled with saline solution. It only takes about 10 to 20 minutes to place the gastric balloon and the procedure can be performed right here in our office by our board-certified gastroenterologist.
What should I expect from Orbera?
Once Orbera is placed, the gastric balloon will remain in the stomach for six months before it is removed. During this time, it’s normal for many of our patients to lose anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds, particularly within the first three months. Over the next six months, your body will adjust to the reduction in calories, so that once the gastric balloon is removed you will continue to maintain good portion control.
Throughout the process, our gastroenterologist will also provide you with the tools, education, and support you need to maintain a healthy diet and support healthy weight loss. Dr. Khan and his team will be with you every step of the way, answering questions and addressing concerns to make sure that you have everything you need to lead a healthier lifestyle.
One reason diets fail is that patients don’t have the knowledge and tools needed to continue to maintain a healthy diet, but having a medically assisted weight loss treatment means that our doctor can provide you with the assistance, guidance, and help you need along the way to make this treatment a success.
Who is a good candidate for Orbera?
While being overweight and having trouble losing weight despite a healthy lifestyle may qualify you for Orbera, the ideal candidate have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 to 40. If you’ve been told that you’re not right for other types of medical weight loss procedures, you may be right for Orbera. When you come in for a consultation, we can better determine whether Orbera is the ideal choice for your weight loss goals.