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Gastric Balloon Procedure

Losing weight can take numerous avenues, including medically supervised diets, exercise routines, bariatric surgery, and non-surgical procedures. However, with so many options, making the best decision possible for your health can take a little professional support.

If you are overweight but do not meet the minimum requirements for bariatric surgery, a gastric balloon procedure may be the right fit for you. With the gastric balloons, Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center can help you find an effective, easy way to lose weight.

What Is the Gastric Balloon?

The gastric balloon is a medical, non-surgical way to lose weight safely and efficiently.
Instead of a surgical adjustment to the digestive tract, the gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach to mimic the effects of a gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy procedure. It is:

  • Non-surgical: the balloon is inserted through the mouth under local anesthetic and mild sedation in a quick outpatient procedure.
  • Non-invasive: the process of insertion takes 30 minutes or less, and patients may return home immediately afterward.
  • Not permanent: unlike bariatric surgery, which can be very hard to reverse or revise, the gastric balloon is only left in place for six months.
  • No incision: as insertion is handled through the mouth, there are no incisions, cuts, or scarring associated with the gastric balloon.

How the Gastric Balloon Procedure Works

For patients who struggle to lose weight but are not eligible or interested in receiving surgery, the gastric balloon is a viable solution that can curb appetite and teach healthy eating practices.

Essentially, is a durable balloon made of soft silicone that can create an artificial feeling of fullness. This reduces cravings, helping patients to focus on a proper diet while limiting food intake.

The balloon is inserted in a simple office procedure. Your doctor goes through the mouth to position gastric balloon within your stomach and then uses saline to inflate it to the proper size. Then, the balloon is left in place for around six months, providing ample time to relearn eating habits.

Expected Results

Throughout the six months of use, patients can reduce food intake, implement healthy dietary habits, and increase exercise frequency. Weight loss surgery patients lose up to 30 percent more weight than diet and exercise alone. The average weight loss is around 22 pounds. However, results may vary, and some patients see additional weight loss and increased results.

The balloon is removed through a similar process. Your doctor drains the saline to deflate the balloon before removing it through the mouth. Recovery is immediate. Patients are free to return to normal life directly after removal. After using an intragastric balloon, patients are encouraged to continue with weight loss support groups and specialist appointments to increase the likelihood of continued weight loss.

If you would like to learn more about gastric balloon procedures, our weight loss professionals can help. Register and attend our free informational seminar to explore the weight loss resources we have available or call us at 1-877-DMC-W8W8. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation.

To learn more about the intragastric balloon procedure, schedule your consultation with Dr. Steven Hendrick by calling 1-877-DMC-W8W8 (362-9898).   

About your new self at Detroit Center in Michigan

Detroit Medical Center is the premier provider of weight loss surgery in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. DMC operates offices in the Madison Heights and Southfield areas of Detroit, Michigan, and serves other areas including Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Monroe, Lansing, Dearborn, Novi and Troy. Your New Self also serves Canadian bariatric patients as a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center boasts four expert bariatric surgeons who specialize in LAP-BAND®, REALIZE® Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass bariatric surgeries.

Patients interested in weight loss surgery should sign up for a free informational seminar to learn more about their surgical options and get started today.