Gastric Balloon Expands Non-Surgical Options for Weight Loss

Gastric Balloon Expands Non-Surgical Options for Weight Loss

No matter what your weight loss goal is, the gastric balloon may be right for you. We, at Advanced Laparoscopic Associates (ALA), perform this minimally invasive procedure by inserting a deflated balloon into a patient’s mouth until it reaches the stomach, then inflating the balloon with saline.

The balloon is removed after six months, but we continue to work with you over the next six months to ensure that you’re optimizing the benefits of this procedure by eating well and exercising.

The purpose is to jump-start your weight loss journey. It is an ideal solution if you are looking to lose a minimum of 20-30 lbs. of excess weight but don’t want to undergo permanent surgical solutions.

How Does the Gastric Balloon Promote Weight Loss?

Once the balloon is inserted, you will eat smaller meals and find it’s enough to curb your appetite. You’ll feel less hungry, be able to eat just the right amount of food for health and weight loss, and you’ll end up feeling satisfied after meals without overeating.

What Are the Benefits of the Gastric Balloon?

The gastric balloon has several benefits, including the following:

  • No medications
  • No surgery
  • Devices are temporary, and procedures are reversible
  • Available to patients who may not be eligible for weight loss surgery
  • Less expensive than surgical options: The average cost of a gastric balloon procedure is significantly less than alternative weight loss surgeries. 

What are the potential side effects?

There are few side effects, but here are some you may experience:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps

These side effects usually subside a few days after the procedure.

What Should I Expect Following Placement of the Gastric Balloon?

The following provides some insight into what to expect following the placement of the gastric balloon:

  • You will frequently meet with a nutritionist
  • A liquid diet is necessary for the first week after the procedure
  • You can typically expect to lose between 20 and 50 pounds
  • It results in rapid weight loss.

What Do You Need to Do to Help Ensure Success?

The success of this procedure depends in part on you and your commitment to your weight loss journey. For example, it is essential to learn how to maintain your weight loss by focusing on a healthy diet and a sustainable exercise program. During the first six months (and after), you will work together with our nutritional support team and weight-loss experts to personalize your own plan.

If you’re interested in learning more about the gastric balloon or other weight loss surgeries, get in touch with ALA today