There are many different ways of losing weight: strict exercise regimes, carefully calculated diet plans, and sometimes very surprising and unconventional methods such as hypnosis. However, it can be very disheartening when weight loss is unsuccessful. Especially, in case of people who are obese that often requires surgery. However, surgery may not always be a feasible option. In such situations, gastric balloon procedure may be helpful. Gastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure that uses balloons to temporarily occupy space in the stomach. This triggers a feeling of fullness so you eat less and can lose a substantial amount of weight with ease.
A gastric balloon is essentially an inflatable medical device made of silicone that is filled with a sterilized saline solution and then temporarily placed inside the stomach. Since the balloon takes up a large amount of space inside the stomach, it causes a feeling of fullness, thus reducing food intake and therefore aiding in the reduction of weight.
In the months that follow the placement of your balloon, you will receive ongoing diet and exercise counseling. This counseling will keep you motivated, provide you with guidance and help you work through any barriers so you can accomplish your weight loss goals.
After six months of counseling and therapy to modify your eating habits, and after you have achieved significant weight loss, gastric balloons will be removed from your stomach endoscopically.
One of the things that is required for the effect of the balloon to be sustained even after it is removed is a commitment to healthy lifestyle when it is in the stomach and even after it is removed. Without the commitment to a healthy lifestyle with a strict and well-planned diet and adequate physical activity, the likelihood of putting on the weight lost with the help of the gastric balloon is very high.
It is important that you find the best weight loss surgeon for your weight loss journey. It is essential that you do your homework and thoroughly vet your surgical center prior to scheduling your appointment. At The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles, you can be assured that our staff has you and your well-being on priority, and use only the safest, most effective techniques to help you achieve your best weight loss goals. Contact us with any questions you have about our treatments!
Posted on behalf of Dr. David G. Davtyan MD, FACS, FICS