Intragastric balloons are soft, yet durable, silicone spheres that take up space in a patient’s stomach and help reinforce proper portion control by providing a feeling of being full with less food consumption. Intragastric balloons are also an option for individuals who do not want or do not qualify for more invasive bariatric surgery.
Intragastric balloons occupy existing space in your stomach for six months, serving as built-in portion control so you may feel full and satisfied with less food. After six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed, with endoscopic method. Through a procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated and then removed through the esophagus and mouth. One major benefit of the gastric balloon is the avoidance of invasive surgery and the risks associated with surgery.
A gastric balloon is recommended for patients who need to lose weight before an operation to reduce their surgical risk, or it can be used as a stand-alone, non-surgical treatment option for weight management. It can be a stepping-stone on the path to weight loss success. Six months after removing the balloon, and by using advice for your diet you can learn healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so that you can lose weight quickly and keep the pounds off long-term.
Metabolic surgery, used expressly to treat diabetes, including among patients who are only mildly obese or merely overweight. Large, long-term observational studies consistently demonstrate that bariatric/metabolic surgery is associated with reductions in all cardiovascular risk factors, actual cardiovascular events, micro vascular diabetes complications, cancer and death.