Gastric Balloon Treatment Program
Are you considering a gastric balloon to assist you on your weight loss journey? Learn more about the procedure.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt unhappy with what you saw? Maybe you’ve been struggling to lose those extra pounds and feeling frustrated with the lack of progress. You’re not alone.
Over 1.4 billion adults worldwide are classified as overweight or obese. And as the number of people who struggle with obesity increases, so do the related health problems and complications. But don’t lose hope! West Medical is here to help you overcome the challenges of being overweight and start your journey toward a happier, healthier life.
We understand how tough it can be to live with excess weight and the physical and mental challenges that come with it. That’s why we’re excited to offer you a safe and effective weight loss solution: Gastric balloon surgery.
This minimally invasive surgery has helped many people shed those stubborn pounds and achieve their weight loss goals.
Imagine finally feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin, being able to fit into those clothes you’ve been eyeing, and having the energy to do all the things you love. With the gastric balloon, these dreams can become a reality.
We want to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether the gastric balloon is the right choice for you.
Our team of professional bariatric surgeons and compassionate staff members is here to support you every step of the way. From explaining how the procedure works and its benefits, to discussing potential risks and how long the gastric balloon lasts. We’re passionate about helping you achieve your weight loss goals and living your best life. Let’s embark on your journey together!
What Is a Gastric Balloon?
When it comes to weight loss, it can be difficult to know where to start. You may have heard of “gastric balloon” but aren’t sure what it means. Simply put, it is a soft, durable medical device made of silicone rubber that we place inside your stomach to help you feel full with less food.
This type of weight-loss balloon is often confused with other forms of intragastric surgery like gastric bypass, but it’s important to note that this is a non-surgical option.
Now, you might be wondering: Does a gastric balloon really work? And the answer is yes! It is highly effective. Studies have shown that it can help you lose weight and keep it off, up to 3 times better than diet and exercise alone.
At West Medical, we understand that losing weight can be challenging, especially if diet and exercise have not worked for you. That’s why we offer the procedure as a safe and effective weight loss solution.
How Does a Gastric Balloon Work?
A gastric balloon is a highly effective solution that works by taking up space in your stomach, slowing down your digestion, and making you feel fuller faster.
Here’s how it works:
During a quick and easy endoscopic procedure, a deflated balloon made of medical-grade silicone rubber is inserted into your stomach and then filled with a saline solution. Once the balloon is inflated, it takes up space in your stomach, which slows down digestion and helps you feel full with less food.
The result? Smaller portion sizes, reduced snacking, and significant weight loss.
But what makes our gastric balloon treatment truly unique is the support we provide throughout the process. During your treatment, you’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll also learn to adapt to balanced portion sizes and a healthy diet, which is crucial for long-term success.
We know how hard it can be to stick to a diet and exercise program, so our team at West Medical is here to help. We provide follow-up appointments with our supportive nutritionists for at least a year while the weight-loss balloon is in your stomach, and even after the balloon removal, to make sure you maintain your new healthy habits.
But here’s the best part? You won’t be going through this alone. Our team is dedicated to your success, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and are looking for a solution that works, the gastric balloon may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Don’t wait any longer to take control of your health.
Are There Different Types of Gastric Balloons?
There are several types of gastric balloons available, but the two most popular are the Orbera and Spatz
Orbera Gastric Balloon
The Orbera balloon is a fluid-filled silicone balloon that we insert into your stomach using a simple, non-surgical procedure. We then fill the balloon with saline and it stays in your stomach for up to six months. By taking up space in your stomach, the gastric balloon helps you feel fuller with less food, and you lose weight naturally.
Spatz Gastric Balloon
The Spatz adjustable gastric balloon is another popular option. This type of balloon is also filled with saline, but it has a unique valve that allows it to be adjusted to suit your needs throughout your treatment. Our bariatric healthcare professionals can make the necessary adjustments to the balloon size to help you achieve your desired weight loss goals.
Aside from Orbera and Spatz, there are other types available, such as the Obalon balloon system. This system uses small gas-filled balloons that are swallowed and inflated in your stomach.
At West Medical, we offer both the Orbera and Spatz gastric balloons and a range of other weight loss treatments, such as:
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Gastric Bypass
- Lap-Band Surgery
- Endoscopic Sleeve
We understand that choosing the right type of weight-loss surgery can be overwhelming, that’s why we are here to help. Our team of experts will work with you to determine the best option for your unique needs and support you throughout the entire process.
Can a Gastric Balloon Be Permanent?
While a gastric balloon can help you achieve incredible weight loss results, it is not intended to stay in your body long-term. The primary goal is to provide a temporary boost to your weight loss journey and help you achieve a healthier, more active lifestyle.
However, the good news is that the benefits can be long-lasting if you adopt healthy eating habits and a wholesome lifestyle. By making positive lifestyle changes, you can establish long-term habits that can benefit your health for years to come.
At West Medical, we recognize that successful weight loss is a journey that requires ongoing support and guidance. Our team of experts is here to help you determine if this option is the right choice for your individual needs and provide you with the support you need throughout your journey.
How Long Does a Gastric Balloon Last?
Typically, a gastric balloon remains in your stomach for around six months to a year. This timeframe may vary depending on your individual needs and weight loss goals.
While the balloon is in place, it’s important to adopt healthy habits like following a balanced diet and exercise regimen to achieve optimal results. Our goal isn’t just for you to lose weight while the balloon is in place, we want to help you establish sustainable habits that will benefit you even after the gastric balloon is removed.
When you choose West Medical for your surgery, we’ll start with a thorough evaluation of your health and goals to determine if our gastric balloon is the right solution for you.
Based on your needs, we’ll also assess the optimal duration of the balloon’s placement. We understand that everyone’s weight loss journey is unique, which is why we’re committed to developing a customized plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you achieve long-term success.
If you decide to move forward with gastric balloon surgery, you’ll have two options to choose from:
- Orbera Gastric Balloon
- Spatz Gastric Balloon
Our Orbera gastric balloons are placed for six months and have an extremely low rate of early removal. This means you can expect a reliable and effective treatment that will help you reach your weight loss goals.
Alternatively, our Spatz gastric balloons are adjustable and can remain in place for up to 12 months. This provides a longer duration of treatment and may be a better fit for those who need more time to see significant weight loss results.
No matter which type of gastric balloon you choose, our team will be there to answer any questions you have and provide you with the highest quality care every step of the way. We’re dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a healthier, happier life.
Why Choose a Gastric Balloon For Weight Loss?
There are many reasons why a gastric balloon might be a great choice for you! Perhaps you’re looking for a temporary weight loss option that can help you shed a few stubborn pounds quickly for a special event like a wedding or high school reunion.
Or maybe you’ve gained weight recently due to a major life event and just need a little extra help to get back on track. Whatever the reason, the gastric balloon can be a safe and effective way to kickstart your weight loss journey.
It works by taking up space in your stomach, helping you feel full faster and for longer periods. It does not require any permanent changes to your digestive system, and typically only stays in place for six months to a year. This makes it an ideal option for those who may not want something permanent or who may be hesitant to undergo invasive surgery.
However, if you’ve been struggling with obesity for a long period and have tried numerous diets without success, the gastric balloon may not be the best option for you.
In that case, we may recommend a more permanent solution like the gastric sleeve. Our team of medical professionals will work with you to evaluate your health status and goals to determine the best course of action for your needs.
Remember, losing weight is a journey, and at West Medical, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals safely and effectively.
Who Qualifies For a Gastric Balloon?
Gastric balloon surgery can be a good option for individuals who have struggled to lose weight through traditional weight-loss methods such as diet and exercise. Here are some factors to consider when determining if this surgery is right for you:
Struggling to lose weight from recent weight gain
Life changes or medication can cause sudden weight gain, making it challenging to lose weight. A gastric balloon can help you shed those extra stubborn pounds quickly, which can boost your motivation to keep going.
Don't want something permanent
Committing to a permanent change like gastric bypass surgery can be daunting. With a gastric balloon, you can have a temporary solution that can help you achieve your weight loss goals without a long-term commitment.
Ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle
A gastric weight-loss balloon is a powerful tool to help you lose weight, but it requires dedication and commitment to a healthier lifestyle. This includes following a balanced diet, regular exercise, and behavioral therapy. The good news is that a gastric balloon can help you establish healthy habits that can benefit your health even after balloon removal.
Prefer medical supervision and support
Losing weight can be stressful, and it’s important to have medical supervision and support throughout your weight loss journey. With a gastric balloon, you’ll have access to our team of experts who can guide you through the process and provide you with the support you need to achieve your goals.
Want to avoid surgery
Surgery is not for everyone, and it comes with risks and complications. With a gastric balloon, you can have a non-surgical option that can help you lose weight without the need for invasive procedures.
Struggle with portion control
One of the biggest challenges for those trying to lose weight is controlling their portion sizes. A gastric balloon can help you feel fuller faster, which can help you control your portions and reduce your calorie intake.
Remember, getting a gastric balloon is not a decision to be taken lightly. Our highly skilled bariatric professionals will help evaluate your options to determine what’s best for you and your health goals. With the right support and mindset, a gastric balloon can be the perfect solution to help you achieve a healthier, happier life.
How Much Do You Have to Weigh For a Gastric Balloon?
The weight requirement for a gastric balloon varies depending on several factors, but it’s typically determined by a person’s body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or higher is generally considered to be obese, and this is the overall body weight requirement for a gastric balloon.
However, here at West Medical, we take a more individualized approach to evaluate each patient’s health status and weight loss goals. This means that we consider a BMI of 27 or higher to be a candidate for our surgery.
It’s important to keep in mind that a gastric balloon is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and the decision to get one should always be made in Free consultation with a medical professional.
At West Medical, we take pride in providing comprehensive and personalized care to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcomes. If you’re interested in a gastric balloon, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals to discuss your options.
What Is The Age Limit For a Gastric Balloon?
The minimum age for a gastric balloon is 18, which is the age of consent in the U.S. However, we also recognize that some countries have a younger age of consent, and in those cases, we will assess whether a patient under 18 is a suitable candidate based on their individual circumstances.
Keep in mind that gastric balloons are not typically recommended for teenagers, as teenage bodies and minds are still in development. At West Medical, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our patients and follow strict protocols to ensure that they are good candidates for the procedure.
We believe that it’s essential for our patients to be fully committed to the process and have the necessary maturity to adhere to the recommended diet and lifestyle changes for optimal success. Therefore, we recommend that patients wait until they are 18 years of age before considering this surgery.
On the other end of the spectrum, the maximum age for a gastric balloon is generally 65. However, we believe that age alone should not disqualify someone from exploring the option of a gastric balloon. We will evaluate each patient’s overall health and determine if they are a candidate regardless of their age.
Remember, choosing to undergo this surgery is not just about shedding a few stubborn pounds, it’s about committing to transform your overall health and well-being for the long haul.
At West Medical, we understand that this is a big decision, which is why we prioritize individualized care and support for each patient. Our team of experts will work closely with you to assess your unique needs and goals, and help you decide if gastric balloon surgery is the right option to jumpstart your health journey.
Who Is Not a Candidate For a Gastric Balloon?
If you’re considering a gastric balloon for weight loss, it’s important to know that it’s not the right option for everyone. Here are some reasons why you might not be a candidate:
- You have a BMI outside of our required range.
- You are unwilling or unable to follow a 12-month program that includes a healthy diet and exercise program.
- You have had prior bariatric or esophageal surgery, including any sort of stomach surgery such as a lap band or sleeve gastrectomy.
- You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant within 6 months, or breastfeeding.
It’s important to note that if you’ve had any sort of stomach surgery in the past, a gastric balloon may not be a safe option. There’s a potential for perforation of the stomach due to the presence of scar tissue, which could cause a rupture. At West Medical, we always want to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, and we’ll work with you to determine the best weight loss option for your individual needs.
How Long Does Gastric Balloon Surgery Last?
One of the perks of choosing West Medical for your gastric balloon procedure is that it is quick and easy, and most importantly, safe!
The entire balloon procedure typically only lasts about 15-20 minutes! That’s right, you read it correctly. In just 15-20 minutes, our skilled bariatric surgeons can place the soft silicone deflated balloon in your stomach by endoscopy.
The balloon is then filled with saline to about the size of a grapefruit, and after a two-hour recovery period, most patients can go home and continue their daily activities.
With no incisions and no hospital stay required, this minimally invasive procedure is a convenient and effective option for those looking to jump-start their weight loss journey.
How Is a Gastric Balloon Placed?
At West Medical, our gastric balloon surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home on the same day after your weight-loss balloon is placed in your stomach.
Safety is our top priority, so before starting the procedure, our experienced bariatric surgeons will perform a quick and painless diagnostic endoscopy. During this test, we use a small camera to examine your stomach and esophagus to make sure everything is healthy and safe to proceed with the surgery.
Once we confirm that you’re a good candidate for a gastric balloon, we’ll proceed with the placement procedure. First, we insert a soft and deflated silicone balloon orally. To make sure the placement is precise and safe, we use a small camera called an endoscope to guide the balloon into position.
When the balloon is in place, we fill it with sterile saline solution, and within minutes, it expands to the size of a grapefruit. By taking up space in your stomach, the balloon helps you feel fuller faster and eat less, which supports your weight loss journey.
Our medical team closely monitors you for a short period after the procedure to ensure there are no complications. Most patients can go home within a few hours of the procedure and return to their daily activities within a day or two. With our expert care and the help of the gastric balloon, you can start your journey with confidence and a sense of ease.
How Is a Gastric Balloon Removed?
Much like the placement of our gastric balloon, removing it is a quick and safe process. When it’s time to remove the balloon, our bariatric surgeons will first give you a mild sedative to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Next, using specialized endoscopic equipment, our bariatric experts will extract the saline solution from the balloon, deflating it and making it easier to remove. The deflated balloon is then gently pulled out of your stomach through your mouth.
The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes and you can return home the same day. You may experience some mild discomfort or nausea after the removal, but these symptoms will subside quickly. We will then provide you with specific instructions on what to eat and drink in the days following your balloon removal.
At West Medical, we want to ensure that your journey is a comfortable and positive experience. Our team of experts will guide you through every step of the process, from initial free consultation to balloon removal. With our expertise and personalized care, you can trust that you’re in good hands.
How Painful Is a Gastric Balloon?
Nobody likes feeling uncomfortable or in pain. But the good news is that we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the entire weight-loss balloon process.
During the placement of our gastric balloon, you will be given a mild sedative to help you relax during the procedure, so you should not feel any pain. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience some soreness in their throat afterward, which usually lasts for a short time.
Once the balloon is in your stomach, you may feel some discomfort in your abdomen or chest due to the presence of the balloon in your stomach. This is perfectly normal and will usually last for a few days. We will provide you with personalized post-procedure care to manage any discomfort or side effects you may experience, including recommendations for a liquid diet during the initial recovery period and any necessary pain medication.
It’s important to remember that discomfort is a natural part of the recovery process and typically subsides within a few days. We’re here to support you every step of the way, and if you have any concerns about discomfort during or after the procedure, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with our experienced team. We’re dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and support to help you achieve your goals with confidence.
How Quickly Do You Lose Weight With a Gastric Balloon?
When it comes to losing weight, we know that it can be a struggle. That’s why the gastric balloon is such an exciting option for our patients at West Medical. With this non-surgical procedure, we’ve seen significant results in just a few short months.
Clinical trials have shown that the Orbera gastric balloon can be a game-changer. This non-surgical procedure can help patients lose an average of 10-12% of their total body weight over six months.
So, if you’re starting at 200 pounds, you could potentially say goodbye to 20 to 24 pounds in just half a year! And if you’re starting at 300 pounds, you could potentially lose around 36 pounds in that same timeframe.
But that’s not all. After a full year of having the gastric balloon, the average weight loss can be around 81 pounds or higher. That’s a significant amount.
This means that many of our patients can reach a healthy weight and enjoy the benefits that come with it, such as:
- Improved overall health
- Increased energy
- Higher self-esteem
If you’re considering the Spatz gastric balloon, you should know that it’s adjustable and stays in your stomach for a full year. Although the duration of treatment is longer, patients see an average weight loss of 14% of their original body weight. By the time the Spatz balloon is removed, you can expect around 46% excess weight loss!
However, it’s important to note that individual results can vary widely. Some patients may see minimal weight loss, while others may experience more significant results.
Of course, the amount of weight you lose will depend on several factors, including your starting weight, your diet and exercise habits, and your commitment to the program. But with our personalized plans and ongoing support, we’re confident that you can achieve your goals and live a healthier, happier life.
Does a Gastric Balloon Keep Weight Off?
Yes, a gastric balloon can help you keep weight off, but it requires effort on your part. It is designed to give you a jump start in your weight-loss journey, but it’s up to you to maintain a healthy diet and develop a more active lifestyle to keep the weight off.
It can help you feel fuller quicker and reduce your cravings, making it easier to adopt healthy habits. But the more you adapt to a healthy diet and exercise routine, the more you’ll achieve your goals and maintain your weight loss long-term.
At West Medical, we provide professional nutritionists who can help you develop a personalized diet and exercise program to support your weight loss journey. We also offer ongoing guidance and care to ensure your success.
Do You Gain Weight Back After a Gastric Balloon?
After undergoing a gastric balloon procedure, it’s natural to wonder if you’ll gain weight back. The truth is, while it’s easy to regain weight, the risk of re-weight gain is quite low if you commit to permanent changes in your diet and lifestyle.
During the first 6-12 months after the procedure, you have a great opportunity to establish healthy habits that can help you maintain weight loss. However, if you return to old habits, weight gain is possible.
The amount of weight loss experienced after a procedure varies from person to person, and it’s often based on their body mass index. That said, everyone’s journey is unique, but the gastric balloon can help create a feeling of satisfaction and fullness after eating, which can lead to consuming less food and a smaller stomach over time.
To get the most out of your procedure and achieve your goals, you must pay close attention to your nutrition habits. It’s crucial to avoid foods that are high in calories or promote weight gain, as they may counteract the benefits of the gastric balloon.
We care about our patients’ long-term success, that’s why we help you develop a sustainable diet and exercise plan that fits your unique needs and lifestyle. We believe that with the right mindset, lifestyle changes, and support, you can maximize the benefits of the gastric balloon and achieve lasting results.
What Are The Risks Of a Gastric Balloon?
We completely understand that the idea of any medical procedure can be daunting, but we want to put your mind at ease about the risks of a gastric balloon.
Truth is, complications are very rare. Only about one-third of patients experience mild discomfort, pain, or nausea in the first few days following the weight-loss balloon procedure, and these can be easily managed with over-the-counter remedies.
At first, you might experience some nausea and vomiting, but don’t worry, this is normal. It’s simply your stomach’s way of adapting to the new foreign object. However, this discomfort usually subsides within a few days as your stomach gets used to it.
Although very rare, balloon deflation is a possible complication of a gastric balloon procedure. But let us assure you, this is a very rare occurrence. If it does happen, the balloon will pass through your digestive system and be eliminated from your body. You might experience some changes in your bowel movements and possibly some mild discomfort, but these will usually go away quickly.
Your health and well-being are our top priority at West Medical, and we take every precaution to minimize any risks or complications. Our team of experienced bariatric surgeons and medical staff will closely monitor your progress and provide you with the support and resources you need to make your weight loss journey as comfortable as possible.
Remember, if you experience any issues or have any concerns, we’re always here to help you. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals safely and successfully, so you can live the healthy and happy life you deserve.
What Are The Diet & Lifestyle Changes Required After a Gastric Balloon?
After getting a gastric balloon, you will need to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle to achieve the best results. Here are some tips from our experts at West Medical:
Eat high-protein foods
It is recommended that you consume more protein after getting a gastric balloon. This is because it helps you feel fuller for longer periods, gives you energy, and helps you build muscle. Good sources of lean protein include eggs, fish, and poultry.
Consume fresh fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are vital for a healthy diet. They provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. These foods are also generally soft and easy to digest, which is beneficial since your stomach’s capacity is reduced with the balloon.
Focus on whole grains
Whole grains have fiber, which helps keep your digestive tract functioning properly. They also help you feel full longer, which can assist in weight loss.
While you will still be able to eat most foods after the procedure, it’s essential to consume foods that are nutrient-dense and low in calories. Eating smaller meals and chewing your food slowly can also help you avoid feeling too full or experiencing discomfort.
At West Medical, we are committed to helping you make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to maximize the benefits of your gastric balloon. Our team is always available to provide guidance and support throughout your weight loss journey.
How Much Does a Gastric Balloon Cost?
We understand that the cost of weight loss procedures is one of the biggest concerns for our patients. You may have already spent a lot of money on different diets and exercise routines without seeing the results you hoped for. That’s why we believe it’s important to consider the value and long-term benefits of investing in a procedure like the Gastric Balloon.
While some weight loss procedures can be pricey, we believe that the benefits of reaching your goals and improving your overall health and well-being are priceless. We also want to remind you that the risks of serious medical issues associated with being overweight are very real. A weight loss procedure could potentially be the difference between a long, healthy life and suffering from serious health problems.
At West Medical, we offer the Gastric Balloon, which is not only the cheapest of all bariatric surgeries we offer but it’s also a non-surgical procedure. This means that the risks and recovery time are minimal compared to other weight loss surgeries.
We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live a healthy and happy life, and we are committed to helping you achieve your goals. That’s why we offer financing options to make this surgery accessible to as many people as possible.
If you’re considering the Gastric Balloon, don’t let cost hold you back. Let’s talk about how we can make this life-changing procedure a reality for you.
Is a Gastric Balloon Covered By Insurance?
One of the most important questions you have when it comes to gastric balloon surgery is whether it’s covered by insurance.
The answer: The gastric balloon is not known to be covered by insurance plans, at this time.
But don’t let that discourage you. It’s always worth reaching out to your insurance provider directly to double-check. They may have updated policies or plans that cover the procedure.
If the weight-loss balloon procedure is not covered by your insurance plan, we still encourage you to explore your options. Our team at West Medical can work with you to explore financing options that can make the procedure more affordable and accessible.
Remember, when considering the long-term benefits of gastric balloon surgery, it’s worth the investment. We are here to help you navigate the process and find a solution that works for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
Achieve Your Weight Loss Dreams With West Medical's Gastric Balloon Surgery
Losing weight is a personal journey that can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. At West Medical, we understand the struggles and obstacles that come with trying to lose weight. That’s why our commitment to your well-being starts the moment you walk through our doors.
From your very first free consultation to long after your gastric balloon procedure, our team of compassionate experts will provide you with the personalized attention and care you deserve. Our goal is to make you feel confident and empowered throughout your journey, knowing that you have a team of experts by your side.
With access to your own dietician and nutritionist, you’ll learn healthy eating habits and get the tools you need to sustain your weight loss. We’re not just about quick fixes, we want to help you make long-term lifestyle changes that will keep the weight off for good.
Mental and emotional health is also an important part of the journey. That’s why we have licensed therapists available to help you address any psychological challenges that may arise.
We understand that weight loss can feel like a lonely journey, but you’re not alone. Our caring support staff includes former patients who truly understand what you’re going through. Whenever you need us, we’ll be here to offer guidance, motivation, and a listening ear.
Take the first step towards a happier, healthier you today by contacting us for a private free consultation. Let us help you turn your dreams into reality and start your journey toward a brighter future.
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