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To begin the gastric balloon procedure, a small deflated silicon balloon is inserted into the stomach, using a flexible endoscopic tube to create a direct pathway from the mouth, through to the esophagus. Then, the balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution and remove the endoscopic tube. The balloon remains inside of the stomach to limit the amount of space available for food, thus enabling the patient to consciously eat less.
The behavior modification phase is a six-month long commitment to learning the principles of health, nutrition and exercise. The patient will meet with a lifestyle team at least once a month to evaluate progress, as well as find the motivation and support needed to build a long-term, healthy lifestyle regimen that works. This phase is crucial to maintaining weight loss and achieving the health benefits associated with lower weight.
The removal and follow-up phase begins with removing the balloon from the stomach. To remove the balloon, the doctor will again insert a flexible endoscopic tube through the mouth, down the esophagus and into the stomach. The balloon is then deflated and extracted with a small tool inserted through the tube. Finally, the tube is removed. Once the balloon has been removed, the patient will continue meeting with your lifestyle team to reinforce the health, nutrition and exercise habits developed over the past six months.
Once the Gastric Balloon is placed into the stomach, it immediately reduces the amount of space for food, which means the patient will begin eating less immediately. Though some results will be seen quickly, weight loss will not be maintained if the patient does not follow through with the nutrition and exercise program created by Expert Surgical’s weight loss lifestyle team.
We also offer a variety of patient resources to help you choose what type of support you need and when. Our Online Support Group is available to provide real-time emotional encouragement, as well as continued nutritional education.