How does the stomach balloon function?
The newest sensation on the body sculpting market is a miniature, saline filled balloon that rests in the abdomen, creating the physical sensation of having recently finished a meal. The stomach balloon helps to dial down cravings and reduce excess eating that leads to weight gain. Many clients find that they can lose from 25 to 35% of their unwanted body weight. Using sedation, your physician will use an endoscope to lower the balloon down through the esophagus. Once the balloon is successfully placed, it will stay there for the first 6 months of the program. During the second 6 months of the gastric balloon system, the balloon is removed but counseling and lifestyle support continues.
What occurs after the balloon is taken out?
Treatment does not stop after the balloon is removed. The Athenix team in Portland will provide you with continuous support throughout your first full year. This means that you get to take all the tools and weight loss you learned during the first portion of the program and essentially try them without the assistance of the device, building important experience for a long-term healthy lifestyle. Exercise is introduced, along with a flexible yet structured meal plan that focuses on appropriate portion size and learning how to cope with life’s stresses.
How can I tell if the stomach balloon process is right for my needs?
You are an excellent candidate if you are over 18 and your BMI is in within the range of 30 to 40. For many patients in the Portland area, the gastric balloon presents the ideal middle ground between invasive bariatric surgery and structured dieting and exercise. During your free confidential consultation, our Portland team will explore your options, delve into your medical history and answer all questions and concerns.
I have been considering bariatric surgery. How does this affect gastric balloon treatment?
If you have a BMI of 30 to 40 and are considering gastric balloon treatment as a stepping stone to bariatric surgery, Athenix may be able to help. During your free confidential consultation, our doctors can speak with you on this topic in depth. If you have already undergone bariatric surgery, the stomach balloon will not be appropriate for your needs.
Should I be concerned for my safety with the gastric balloon?
The Orbera and Reshape the stomach balloons are FDA approved as of 2015, and have proven to be one of the most exciting advancements in medical science. Over 200,000 patients have experienced unprecedented weight loss and lifestyle change with the gastric balloon. During your consultation in Portland, our team will be happy to furnish you with a full set of statistics so that you can move forward with confidence.
What kind of results do clients typically experience?
On average, gastric balloon clients lose up to 3 times the amount of weight that they would through diet and exercise alone. This results in roughly 25 to 35% reduction in excess body weight, or approximately 25 to 65 pounds. While outcomes vary significantly from client to client, most are finding that the gastric balloon is safe, effective and unobtrusive. The key to success is sticking with the program for the full 12 months, however.
What will my recuperation be like?
Patients typically return to work and normal activities within a couple of days after the procedure. There is no pain involved, although other side effects may be present such as nausea or mild discomfort as you begin to get used to having the device in your abdomen.