What to Know About Gastric Balloons
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Losing weight is a challenging endeavor. Some find it easy to lose excess weight, while others feel defeated no matter what diet method they use. These include everything from intermittent fasting techniques, various juice cleanses, the keto diet, the paleo diet… to even the cabbage soup diet.
If you need to lose between 30 to 60 pounds, and have a BMI between 30-40, Dr. Korman can perform a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure utilizing a gastric balloon which will help you lose the excess weight within just six months. Taking action now to lose excess weight is also a proactive measure in preventing obesity and its associated weight-related diseases. These include heart disease, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypertension. If you have a BMI of 35 or higher, you can learn more about weight loss surgery here.
What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is a silicone balloon that is inserted into your stomach and inflated using a saline solution. The patient is mildly sedated during the procedure, which takes less than 30 minutes. The deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach endoscopically, which means surgery is not required. This also means Dr. Korman does not make any incisions and the patient will not experience any scarring.
Since the gastric balloon takes up space in your stomach equivalent to the size of a grapefruit, there is less room for food when you eat. As a result, you feel full quicker. Eating smaller portions will lead to weight loss.
Gastric Balloon Benefits
The gastric balloon is kept in place for six months before being removed. During these six months, your body is learning to develop new healthy eating habits and portion control. As part of a comprehensive program, you will also work with a dietitian to implement healthy long-term habits in order to keep your weight stable once the balloon is removed.
Orbera is the specific gastric balloon Dr. Korman uses for patients. Patients may lose up to 3 times more weight by undergoing the Orbera procedure compared to those who only diet and exercise.
While health insurance companies are not yet covering gastric balloon procedures, the Marina Weight Loss Clinic offers financing options for the Orbera procedure to keep the investment affordable.
To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Korman, contact us here or call the office: 310-577-5540.