Gastric balloons help you lose weight by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. A gastric balloon system used by the doctors at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas offers several unique advantages over other types of gastric balloons: it’s nonsurgical, because it’s swallowed, and the balloons are inflated with air. If you need help with weight loss and want to know more about the gastric balloon, call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
A gastric balloon is a weight loss device made of soft silicone that a physician inserts into your stomach, then inflates like a balloon. It helps you lose weight by taking up space in your stomach so you feel full and eat less.
If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher and have failed to lose weight through previous attempts, you may be a good candidate for a gastric balloon. You’ll also need to commit to following a diet and behavior modification program.
The gastric balloon system is removed in six months. During that time, the registered dietitian at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas works closely with you to implement the lifestyle changes you’ll need to maintain the weight loss facilitated by the gastric balloons.
The gastric balloon is inside a capsule that’s attached to a thin tube. After it’s swallowed and enters your stomach, the capsule opens and falls away from the balloon. Then your doctor at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas inflates the balloon with air and removes the tube.
Each inflated balloon takes up about one cup of volume in your stomach. The system includes three balloons that your physician inserts over three months, but the number you use depends on the size of your stomach.
Your weight loss specialist removes all of the balloons at the end of six months. That's accomplished by inserting an endoscope through your mouth and into your stomach and using the instrument to deflate and remove the balloon.
In clinical trials, patients who used this gastric balloon system together with diet and exercise lost nearly 7% of their total body weight. Their weight loss was double the amount lost by patients who only followed the diet and exercise regimen.
An average of 89% of weight loss was kept off for one year when patients continued to follow a moderate intensity diet and exercise program.
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