What is Balloon Endoscopy for Weight Loss? Can This Procedure Benefit You?

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Balloon Endoscopy As a Weight Loss Procedure

This procedure  consists of  two saline-filled silicone balloons that are placed in the stomach to help you feel full. You lose weight because they limit how much you can eat at each meal. This newer procedure can be used when you are obese and have trouble losing enough weight with diet and exercise alone. The balloons remain in your stomach for up to 6 months. Thereby, helping you lose weight  without having  a permanent surgery that will impact your lifestyle for the rest of your life.

In addition to Balloon Endoscopy, patients need to commit to changes in their diets, activities, and regular physical exercise. This combination will give the best chance of long-term success for  weight loss and a healthier lifestyle whether as young  adults, middle-aged, or older.

Ways This Procedure Can Benefit You

Weight loss is not the only consideration for using this procedure. Potentially serious health conditions related to being overweight can be reduced by losing weight. They can include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea

Consult with your physician to see how intragastric balloons can benefit your situation. Be aware the cost for this procedure may not be covered by your health insurance. Check your insurance plan for coverage information. Most providers accept HSA (Health Savings Account), FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or lines of credit as forms of payment.

Are There Risks Involved?

Balloon Endoscopy may carry risks for some people. They can vary from short-term and simple inconvenience to surgery. These are typical risks associated with this procedure:

  • One-third of patients experience pain for a few days
  • One-third of patients experience nausea for a short time
  • Serious risks are rare
  • The balloons could deflate
  • A deflated balloon could block the digestive system
  • An ulcer could develop that requires surgery

The short-term pain and nausea can be treated with medication. The last three risks in the list are rare and virtually should not be issues. Your specialist will outline everything you need to know before starting the procedure such as lab tests and exams. Some patients may need to make changes to foods, drinks, and medications leading up to the procedure.

Balloon Endoscopy is an Outpatient Procedure

PIC 2Balloon Endoscopy is an outpatient procedure that lasts about 30 minutes and patients can generally go home 2 or 3 hours afterward. It begins with sedation followed by the doctor inserting a catheter loaded with the two balloons into the throat and down into the stomach. An endoscope is moved into the stomach so your doctor can see the balloons filling up.

The balloons remain in the patient’s stomach for up to 6 months before removal. Once the balloons are inserted, properly placed, and inflated with a saline solution a patient consumes a liquid diet for about one week. Soft foods can be eaten the second week. Regular foods can be eaten at the 3-week point. You will meet with your medical team as often as necessary for updates and progress. You will also obtain nutritional counseling throughout your weight loss journey.

Results Vary from Patient to Patient

The ideal is to lose 10 to 15% of body weight during the six months following the balloons’ placement. The balloons take up room in the stomach that makes you feel full and you will eat less than normal. Changing your lifestyle habits in conjunction with the balloons will determine how much weight you will actually lose.

Some patients do not lose significant weight with this procedure. Others regain weight after the balloons are removed and the procedure has ended. To work correctly you need to make permanent changes in attitude toward weight loss, diet, physical activity, and exercise. This procedure can serve as the boost you need toward your new healthy lifestyle change.

Our Commitment to Quality

Digestive Medicine Associates’ team is committed to excellence in patient care and the development of lifelong relationships with the residents and visitors of South Florida. We believe in promoting both the highest level and quality of care with the greatest degree of compassion. Our facilities and offices use state-of-the-art equipment. They are designed to help us provide our patients with the best service possible. Most of our physicians have more than 25 years of experience delivering consistent and high-quality care.

Schedule an Appointment with One of Our Specialists

Screening, diagnosis, and treatment are available to help alleviate your weight loss. Start by contacting your primary care physician for a referral or call to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists close to you to diagnose and begin your treatment. We are here to serve your health needs and look forward to building a long-term relationship.