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Gastric Balloon Procedure
The Gastric Balloon is an alternative to weight loss surgery that is ideal for patients seeking to lose 25 to 50 pounds. This non-surgical intragastric procedure combines a temporary device with a behavior modification program to help overweight patients maintain long-term weight loss

Expert Surgical is proud to be some of the first certified surgeons in the gastric balloon procedure. As with other bariatric procedures, we are committed to you from consult through follow-up. This means the surgeon will perform your procedure as well as document your recovery and aftercare.

For more information about the procedure or to schedule an appointment, please fill out the contact form or call us at 214-396-1547.

The gastric balloon procedure is a new alternative for weight loss surgery. The device used is a small silicon balloon that is inflated to reduce the amount of food your stomach can hold at any time. This intragastric procedure is temporary and does not result in any permanent surgical alteration to your digestive tract. Expert Surgical specializes in the following non-surgical weight loss balloons:

The procedure is conducted in three phases: insertion, behavior modification, removal and follow-up.

 

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.

The gastric balloon insertion takes less than 30 minutes and remains in the stomach for six months. However, the patient’s commitment to a full year (12 months) of follow-ups and lifestyle changes is crucial to achieve long-term weight loss success.
It is important to understand that the Gastric Balloon Procedure is not a diet. It is a tool to jumpstart weight loss for patients who are committed to developing a long-term healthy lifestyle. Weight loss typically occurs within the first 3 months and continues based on behavior modification.

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.

Absolutely. Expert Surgical has worked to develop a highly effective, comprehensive weight loss program that incorporates assistance from our professional team at every step. Our aftercare program provides each patient with a customized toolkit of knowledge and support to ensure our patients are able to succeed in their long-term weight management.

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.

We are committed to providing you the best bariatric and weight loss care. We have multiple financing options for your convenience. Please see our financing page for options or call one of our Patient Advocates at 214-396-1547.

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