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Will I Regain Weight After the Gastric Balloon?

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Close up of a woman standing on the scales in hospitalIf you’ve decided to give the gastric balloon a try for weight loss, you have likely been on a long journey to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Exercise programs, diet fads, and medication – you may feel as though you have tried them all.  With each attempt, regardless of how much success you have found, it has always been temporary, and the weight has always come back.  It is only natural as you consider the pros and cons of this weight loss procedure that you have your fair share of skepticism.  How can you know that this time will be different? 

To answer this question, it is important to first understand what constitutes realistic expectations of weight loss from the gastric balloon. 

How Much Weight Will I Lose with the Gastric Balloon?

Because the gastric balloon is designed specifically for those with a lower body mass index than other surgical alternatives, patients will not lose the same large amounts of weight.  A gastric bypass patient can lose over 100 pounds, and candidates for the gastric balloon will typically lose 20 – 40 pounds (or 10 – 20% of their body weight) over the six months the balloon in place.

How Can I Maintain Weight Loss from the Gastric Balloon?

In addition to the total amount of weight lost, the gastric balloon differs from alternative procedures in a number of other ways.  Perhaps most significant is the fact that the balloon does not make any permanent change to anatomy.  The balloon is placed inside the stomach and then removed after a six-month period.  This temporary placement of the balloon does not equate to temporary weight loss. 

One of the most important components of a successful gastric balloon procedure is medical guidance and support to help patients make permanent lifestyle changes.  The six month timeframe should not only be a time of weight loss, it should also be a time of education.  With comprehensive coaching by experts in both dietary and exercise programs, patients are able to learn healthy habits while simultaneously dropping pounds.  By the time the balloon is removed, the majority of patients have made turned the lessons they learned into lasting habits, enabling them to easily maintain the weight they have lost.

While it is certainly understandable to have concerns about regaining weight, if you are committed to the complete program, including coaching, you can count on both achieving and maintaining desirable results. 

For those in Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas, the O.N.E. Weigh program offers the gastric balloon procedure performed by skilled gastroenterologists.  To learn more about the program and if you may be a candidate, contact us by clicking below.  

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Gastric Balloon vs. Lap Band: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 @ 1:40 PM

Gastric Balloon vs Lap Band If you are searching for a weight loss solution that is effective and also reversible, you may have narrowed your search down to the gastric balloon and the gastric band, otherwise known as the Lap Band. Both meet the criteria of delivering weight loss results with the option of reversibility. However, there are also many differences between these two procedures, and knowing these differences just might help you make the decision that is best for you and your health.

Defining Gastric Balloon and Lap Band

Before we delve into the qualities that separate these two options, it is important first to understand what each offers:

Gastric Band – The gastric band is an adjustable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. This restriction slows the consumption of food, as the part of the stomach above the band fills more quickly and leads to a feeling of fullness.

Gastric Balloon – The gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach through the esophagus and then inflated. By occupying space within the stomach, the balloon restricts the amount of food that can be consumed and leads to feeling full faster.

Gastric Balloon is Less Invasive than Lap Band

The Lap Band is considered to be minimally invasive, using laparoscopic placement through small cuts along the stomach and requiring less down time than alternatives such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. However, the gastric balloon is the only non-invasive option among these weight loss procedures. By being endoscopically inserted and inflated through the esophagus, the balloon circumvents the need to make any cuts and drastically reduces the associated recovery time.

Complications from the Gastric Balloon and Lap Band

Any procedure comes with potential complications, but ideally, those risks should be relatively low. However, in recent years, the Lap Band has dropped in popularity, partly due to its high risk of complication, which has been reported to be anywhere from 25 – 50 percent. These complications can range from the relatively harmless such as constipation and GERD to far more severe problems such as blood clots and esophageal dilation.

The associated risks with gastric balloon are far less prevalent and severe. Most patients have no side effects at all, with the most commonly noted complications include vomiting and abdominal pain that subsides within a few days. Additional complications, although rare, may include balloon deflation or pancreatitis.

Weight Loss Success from Gastric Balloon and Lap Band

Both the gastric balloon and Lap Band require that patients commit to a certain lifestyle and dietary changes to achieve and maintain maximum weight loss results. In the case of the Lap Band, there is typically an immediate weight loss that quickly slows to a steadier pace in the following 2-3 years. Still, inadequate weight loss following the surgery is a concern and accounts for 40 percent of all band removals.

Unlike the band, which many patients consider to be a permanent fix, the gastric balloon procedure comes with an upfront disclosure regarding its temporary nature and the patient’s commitment. There will be medically-backed, weight loss support throughout the process, as balloon recipients learn how to best care for their bodies through diet and exercise. Additionally, the balloon comes with the understanding that it will be removed after six months. It is not a quick fix. Rather, it is a way to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle by putting patients on the path to success with early weight loss and medical support.

If you have a BMI between 30 and 40 and are searching for a healthy way to begin your weight loss journey without invasive surgery, the gastric balloon could be the best option for you. Learn more by requesting a consultation through O.N.E. Weigh with any of our skilled gastroenterologists, and begin your journey to health.

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The Gastric Balloon Procedure: Is it Right for Me?

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 9:19 AM

Is Gastric Balloon Right for MeVery few American adults are pleased with their weight.  It’s what leads us to spend billions every year on dieting and weight loss. We all want to look and feel our best and we know that a healthy weight can protect us from a wide range of troublesome health conditions.  Yet, for many, that ideal weight seems to remain perpetually out of reach.

If you’re finding weight loss difficult, you certainly aren’t alone.  For reasons ranging from stress to medical complications, millions of Americans find themselves in the same situation.  Fortunately medical options such as the gastric balloon are available to help jumpstart your weight loss and achieve the results you’ve been working for.  Best of all, the procedure is quick, effective and does not involve the need for surgery.  Here are the details you need to determine if the gastric balloon is right for you:

How does the Gastric Balloon Work?

First, an endoscopy is done to inspect the inside of your stomach.  This is done under sedation, so you will not be awake! The deflated balloon will be inserted into your stomach through the mouth, and then filled with a sterile saline. The procedure is generally uncomplicated and lasts 20-30 minutes. You will regain awareness quickly and be monitored until your doctor discharges you (usually an hour or so). You will need someone to drive you home. You will be given detailed instructions on your aftercare.

Immediately before and after the procedure you will follow a special diet to allow the body to recover and adjust to the newly placed balloon.  The balloon remains in the stomach for six months. During that time period patients will eat less and lose weight as the balloon has filled a portion of the stomach.  Patients will also learn to adhere to healthier diet and exercise programs increasing the odds of success  even after the balloon is removed.

Who is a Candidate for the Gastric Balloon?

Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40, a range considered obese or seriously obese.  Even in the presence of other necessary factors, patients may only qualify if they are within this range.  Additionally, the following should be present:

  • Committed to improving health and well-being – The gastric balloon will certainly help jumpstart weight loss. However, the most successful patients are those who fully commit themselves to living a new, healthier lifestyle and developing the tools needed for long-term success well beyond the balloon’s removal.
  • Willing to participate in a medically supervised program – Because the goal of the gastric balloon procedure is to aid patients in the early, most difficult stages of weight loss and lifestyle change, medical supervision and support is crucial. In order to ensure that patients are obtaining optimal results, our gastric balloon program, O.N.E. Weigh, utilizes a network of community partners who specialize in dietary and/or exercise programs. Throughout the course of the program, patients must commit to ongoing education and support with these partners through monthly meetings.
  • Ready to break through weight loss barriers without surgery – The gastric balloon is not a quick fix, but it also not major surgery. The ideal patient will be one who is thoroughly committed to their health and weight loss journey but wishes to reach these goals through less invasive options and often with the hope of avoiding surgical intervention.

If these factors sound familiar, there’s a good chance that the gastric balloon procedure is the one you’ve been searching for.  To know for sure, schedule a consultation with one of our gastroenterologists.  He or she will answer any questions you may have and offer additional insight surrounding the procedure, our ongoing support system, and long-term results.  When combined with your own commitment, it just may be the end to your weight struggles once and for all. 

 

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Removing the Gastric Balloon: What to Expect During and After

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

Removing-the-Gastric-Balloon-What-to-Expect-During-and-After.jpegSo you got the gastric balloon! Your journey to attaining sustainable weight loss in Baton Rouge has officially begun. 6 months have flown by and now you’re preparing for the gastric balloon to be removed. While you recall the generalities of the removal, you’re a little fuzzy on the details. Don’t worry! We’re here to answer your questions about gastric balloon removal in Baton Rouge.

How is the gastric balloon removed?

Like the gastric balloon insertion, you will be given a mild sedative prior to removing the gastric balloon. Using endoscopic equipment, your gastroenterologist will extract the saline solution from the gastric balloon and then remove the deflated gastric balloon through your mouth. The entire procedure generally takes less than 30 minutes. Following a short in-house observation, you are free to leave with your prearranged ride.

How do I prepare for a gastric balloon removal?

Before the gastric balloon is removed, there are three vital steps you must take:

  1. Before the gastric balloon removal procedure in Baton Rouge—generally 48 hours prior—begin taking the prescribed heartburn medication as directed by your physician. This medication is designed to help counteract any reflux or heartburn that may occur during or after your gastric balloon removal.
  2. For your gastroenterologist to remove the gastric balloon, there must be no solid food in your stomach. This can be achieved by refraining from solid foods for 48 hours prior to the gastric balloon removal procedure. During this time, taking small, frequent sips of low-calorie carbonated beverages, such as diet soda or sparkling water, can help settle your stomach and clean the gastric balloon of any remaining food particles.
  3. Arrange for a ride home:  Due to the mild sedative used during the brief procedure, you will need to stay in-house until the sedative’s effects wear off. Gastroenterology Associates requires that you have a ride home planned before the procedure can take place, as it is not recommended that you drive or operate heavy machinery for 8 hours following sedation.

Failing to follow any of these steps will result in the postponement of your gastric balloon removal procedure.

Will I gain the weight back after the gastric balloon is removed?

The gastric balloon is a temporary, non-surgical procedure designed to jumpstart your weight loss and set you on the path to whole body health. When the gastric balloon is removed, your stomach’s capacity will return to its previous size. Patients who do not commit to the lifestyle changes they made during the 6-month gastric balloon placement may regain lost weight.

When you receive your gastric balloon at Gastroenterology Associates of Baton Rouge, you receive twelve months of coaching from professional nutrition and exercise consultants. As part of the O.N.E. Weigh gastric balloon program, these weight loss experts will work with you during and after your procedure to create diet and exercise programs tailored to you and your body’s needs.  

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How to Keep Your 2017 Weight Loss Resolutions in Baton Rouge

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 1:36 PM

HOW TO KEEP YOUR 2017 WEIGHT LOSS RESOLUTIONS IN BATON ROUGE.jpg “I’ll lose 20 pounds.”

“I’ll walk 10,000 steps every day.”

“I’ll drop 5% in body fat and only eat organic, homemade meals.”

The new year invites reflection on past habits, failures, and achievements, as well as future priorities and goals. But far too often, holiday optimism outweighs realistic yearly commitment, which can lead to small failures, discouragement, and—worst of all—giving up.

So what can you do remain resolved?

That’s where we come in.

Check out these 5 tips for keeping those 2017 weight loss resolutions in Baton Rouge and start working toward your goals today!

Set realistic, workable weight loss resolutions

The joy and optimism that comes with the start of a new year can be downright intoxicating. With an entire year ahead, there’s so much time and energy for planning, setting, and realizing all your resolutions! But what happens with the buzz fades and the rose-colored glasses come off? Reality sets in. When setting your 2017 weight loss resolutions, don’t forget to factor in the setbacks and limitations of daily life. By setting realistic, workable goals, you can work towards attaining sustainable weight loss and stop wasting time working against your schedule.

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Acknowledge and work through pessimistic tendencies

Don’t let pessimistic tendencies stand in the way of whole body health in 2017. Too often, over-enthusiasm can slip and slide into pessimism with a single failure. 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail due to stress, discomfort, and unsustained motivation. Before committing your body to big goals, you must first commit your mind. Operating from a place of realism and self-discipline can help you work through any pessimistic tendencies and work toward your goal.

Take your weight loss resolutions one day at a time

You only fail when you stop trying. Take time each night to evaluate whether you worked toward or strayed from your goal that day. If you have strayed, forgive yourself and recommit to pursuing your sustainable weight loss goal the next day.

Give yourself the weight loss tools you need to succeed

The gastric balloon can safely jumpstart your weight loss. A non-surgical outpatient procedure, the gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach and inflated via endoscopic techniques. Once positioned, the gastric balloon remains in the stomach for up to 6 months. On average, patients who have utilized the gastric balloon procedure lose 3 times as much weight as patients who receive just diet and exercise counseling.

Build a weight loss support network in Baton Rouge

There’s no shame in asking for help. 2017 can be the year you keep your weight loss resolutions. When you sign up for the gastric balloon procedure and the O.N.E. Weigh program at Gastroenterology Associates, you also receive 12 months of guidance and comprehensive coaching from diet and exercise specialists, dedicated to giving you the tools and encouragement you need to stay on track for sustainable weight loss and whole body health.

Are you ready to get serious about your weight loss resolutions in Baton Rouge? Take the next step in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions. Find out if you qualify for the gastric balloon procedure. Call the digestive health experts at Gastroenterology Associates to schedule a consultation today. There are many roads to weight loss, let Gastroenterology Associates help you find your O.N.E. Weigh.

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Tips for Gastric Balloon Recipients to Stay on Track During the Holidays

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

TIPS FOR GASTRIC BALLOON RECIPIENTS TO STAY ON TRACK DURING THE HOLIDAYS.jpgThe holiday season is upon us. That means gathering around the table to celebrate with family, friends, and food. Lots of food.

For most people, tables filled with indulgent holiday favorites is an exciting and essential part of the season. However, if you recently underwent a gastric balloon procedure to lay a foundation for a healthier lifestyle, the holidays can represent a potential setback. Some people joke about adding a few pounds over the long weekend, but it’s not as funny when you’re serious about needing to lose weight.

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The key to victoriously emerging from the holiday season with your weight loss goals intact is to have a plan and to stick to it. It’s critical to develop good eating habits now to enjoy the lasting benefits of your gastric balloon weight loss tprocedure.

Here are 4 tips to help you stay on track during the holidays:

Practice Healthy Eating Habits During Holiday Dinner

If you’re the chef preparing holiday meals, find healthy alternatives for your favorite recipes. If you’re not calling shots in the kitchen, bring a nutritious dish with you to contribute. You don’t have to deny yourself all your holiday favorites, but try to mix in some lighter dishes when making your plate.

Eat a small, nutritious snack and drink water before arriving to the dinner party. The bottomless pan of sweet potato casserole will be less tempting if you’re not arriving on an empty stomach. Because the gastric balloon reduces the available space in your stomach, it’s important to eat slowly and mindfully. Divide your meals into small portions, use a smaller plate—such as a salad plate—and chew your food thoroughly to avoid acid reflux and gastric discomfort.  

And after you’ve finished eating, sip a glass of water slowly to rinse the balloon and avoid indigestion.

Stay Active After Eating (And Postpone the Nap)

We’re all familiar with the post-turkey sleepiness that makes unbuttoning your jeans and camping out in front of the football game so tempting. But with the gastric balloon, it’s important to stay active after a meal. Lying down directly after eating can be uncomfortable, so try to keep moving while your food digests.

For most of the year, Baton Rouge weather is...not ideal. But the benefit of our warm climate is that November and December provide us with fair weather relative to other parts of the country. Take advantage by getting out and going on walks after meals. Or split the family into teams and play a game of touch football. Anything that gets you outside and moving is a plus!

Approach the Table at Holiday Gatherings Intentionally

Don’t avoid holiday gatherings altogether. It’s important to acknowledge your temptations to move forward with your weight loss goals. Skipping holiday gatherings to avoid your triggers can lead to resentment and hurt feelings from the loved ones who want to spend their holiday with you. Place the focus of holiday gatherings on something other than food. Make the mission of your get-togethers to spend time with friends and family rather than eating more than your fill.

Stay Positive (Even If You Do Overindulge)

If you do overeat during the holidays, it’s important to stay positive. Find the food trigger or situation that caused the misstep, and use it as a learning opportunity. Getting down on yourself only compounds the issue which can lead to more binge eating.

You’ve already taken an important step toward a healthy lifestyle by electing the gastric balloon weight loss procedure. Instead of viewing the holiday season as an intimidating challenge to your new lifestyle, view it as an exciting opportunity. Imagine the momentum that can be created if you stay on track and avoid overeating when temptation looms the largest.

Combining good intention with the nutrition and exercise coaching available to you through the O.N.E. Weigh program is the perfect recipe for sustaining weight loss over the holidays.

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What to Expect after Your Baton Rouge Gastric Balloon Procedure

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

What to Expect after Your Baton Rouge Gastric Balloon Weight Loss Procedure.jpgSingle or dual-balloon. Orbera or ReShape. You’ve done your research, consulted with your gastroenterologist, and followed the gastric balloon procedure prep steps to a T. You’re ready to take the next step to your healthiest self. You’re ready for your gastric balloon procedure. But what comes after?

A short, in-house recovery immediately following the gastric balloon procedure

Positioning the balloon is a simple non-surgical outpatient procedure, which typically takes 30-60 minutes. Due to the mild sedative used during the brief procedure, you will need to stay in-house until the sedative’s effects wear off. Gastroenterology Associates requires that you have a ride home planned before the procedure can take place, as it is not recommended that you drive or operate heavy machinery for 8 hours following sedation.

Three days for full recovery from the gastric balloon placement

Following the non-anatomy-altering endoscopic procedure, you may experience temporary nausea or abdominal discomfort as your stomach adjusts to the balloon’s placement. For ease of recovery, plan to have a friend or loved one stay with you for 24 hours. You may also experience a sore throat, as the balloon is inserted down the esophagus, so plan to take a few days off work to fully recover. You should be up and at ‘em after 72 hours!

Two-week transition diet for the gastric balloon

Your gastroenterologist will fully chart out your transition, but in general, you’ll transition from clear liquids to liquids to pureed foods over the course of 14 days. So be sure to stock up broth and zero-calorie electrolyte drinks—such as Propel, Powerade Zero, and Crystal Light—as well as semi-skimmed dairy products, protein drinks, and fruit and vegetable purees. These foods will be easier on your sore throat, as well as your smaller stomach.

The lasting benefits of the gastric balloon weight loss procedure

After 6 months, the gastric balloon is removed. But your weight loss journey doesn’t end there. While results and experiences may vary, studies have shown that patients generally lose 2-3 times more weight with the gastric balloon procedure than with exercise and diet alone. With the O.N.E. Weigh program, you’ll receive a personally tailored weight loss program, as well as a full year of nutrition and exercise coaching to help you attain and sustain your weight loss goal.

Now that you know what to expect, jumpstart the journey to your healthiest self with the help of the gastric balloon and the digestive health experts of Baton Rouge. Call or contact the Gastroenterology Associates for more information today.

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5 Things to Do Before Your Gastric Balloon Procedure

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 12:59 PM

5_Things_to_Do_Before_Your_Gastric_Balloon_Procedure.jpgSo you’ve made the decision. You’ve talked with your gastroenterologist and decided that the gastric balloon procedure is the best way for you to kick off your weight loss journey. Before you have the quick outpatient procedure, we’ve got 5 things you should do:

  1. Check Your Meds: Before the procedure, ensure that any current prescriptions won’t negatively impact stomach or digestive tract. Your gastroenterologist may also prescribe something to prevent soreness or throat irritation following the endoscopic procedure. Make sure you’ve filled your prescriptions before the balloon inflation!
  2. Plan the Pantry: Following the procedure, you’ll need to follow a transition diet for 1-2 weeks. Your gastroenterologist will fully chart out your transition, but be sure to stock up on clear liquids (broth and zero-calorie electrolyte drinks, such as Propel, Powerade Zero, and Crystal Light) as well as semi-skimmed dairy products, protein drinks, and fruit and vegetable purees. These foods will be easier on your sore throat, as well as your smaller stomach.
  3. Fast the Break: Before the procedure, check with your gastroenterologist. They may recommend you fast for 12-24 hours prior. It’s important to follow these directions properly to ensure a safe procedure and smooth recovery.
  4. Catch a Ride: Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the procedure. On average, the procedure takes 30-60 minutes. However, as with any medical procedure, it’s important to have someone on hand to drive you home and check on you, as you will be mildly sedated for the procedure.
  5. Smooth the Transition: Did you know that when you elect to have the gastric balloon procedure as part of the O.N.E. Weigh weight loss program, you also receive 12 months of personalized weight loss and nutrition counseling? But why wait until after the procedure? Start your manageable exercise routine with 20-30 minutes of light cardio everyday—how about watching the sun set while you stroll around the lake at City Park? Or finding local, seasonal produce while you meander around the booths of the Red Stick Farmer’s Market?

You’ve given time and thought to your decision to have the gastric balloon procedure. Now let us help you direct that attention to yourself and your health. Call today to learn more about the nutrition and weight loss coaching you’ll receive with O.N.E. Weigh.

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Attain Sustainable Weight Loss with the Gastric Balloon

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

Attainable_Sustainable_Weight_Loss_with_the_gastric_balloon.jpegFor 17 seasons, America tuned in to watch contestants battle their histories, habits, and bodies to thinness. With the help of personal trainers and associated medical personnel, the contestants dieted their way through the 30-week season—3 months sequestered on the Biggest Loser Ranch and 4 months spent at home applying what they’d learned—before the final weigh-in. The majority of contestants dropped 100+ pounds over the course of the season.

But, as a recent study has shown, they found it difficult to maintain their weight loss. The competitive dieting and exercise slowed their metabolism drastically—burning 500 fewer calories a day—and decreased levels of leptin—the hormone associated with hunger regulation. After 6 years, 13 of the study’s 14 participants had regained significant weight and 4 had even surpassed their initial competition weight.

So how do you attain sustainable weight loss?

You’ve struggled with weight loss for years. Fad diets and yo-yo weight loss cycles have left you discouraged. If contestants who had ready access to medical professionals, personal trainers, and a nation of motivators to jumpstart their weight loss couldn’t keep the weight off, how can you be expected to? The key is to create a realistic, trackable weight loss plan. With the help of a weight loss counselor, you can set attainable weight loss goals and master weight-maintenance skills—which studies have shown leads to less backsliding or weight re-gain.

Do you need a little extra push?

The gastric balloon can safely jumpstart your weight loss. A non-surgical outpatient procedure, the gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach and inflated via endoscopic techniques. Once positioned, the gastric balloon remains in the stomach for up to 6 months. On average, patients who have utilized the gastric balloon procedure lose 3 times as much weight as patients who receive just diet and exercise counseling.

But that seems like a short-term solution, doesn’t it?

With O.N.E. Weigh, the gastric balloon procedure is just one part of a long-term weight loss program. After the gastric balloon is inflated, you’ll receive guidance and comprehensive coaching from diet and exercise specialists for an entire year. These experts will provide you with the tools to set and meet healthy weight loss goals, as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle long after the balloon is removed.  

So what are you waiting for?

Call the specialists at Gastroenterology Associates and schedule a consultation today. There are many paths to weight loss, find the O.N.E. Weigh that’s right for you.

 

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Gastroenterology & the Gastric Balloon: The Best Fit for Baton Rouge

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:43 PM

GASTROENTEROLOGY_And_THE_GASTRIC_BALLOON_THE_BEST_FIT_FOR_BATON_ROUGE.jpegAt 34.9%, Louisiana has the fourth highest adult obesity rate in the nation. Over the past twenty-six years, the prevalence of obesity has risen more than 20%. As these numbers rise, so, too, do the number of patients searching for a safe and viable weight loss solution.

If you’re one of these patients, you’ve already taken the first step. You may have made the commitment to living a healthier life, but diet and exercise alone simply aren’t producing the results you want. If this is the case, the gastric balloon procedure—a non-surgical, outpatient procedure designed to jumpstart weight loss—may be the solution you’re looking for.

If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is within 30-40, you’ve had no prior stomach or esophageal surgery, and you’re ready to commit to healthy lifestyle changes with the aid of trained weight loss specialists, you may be eligible for a gastric balloon.

A procedure that is designed to help you look and feel your best, the gastric balloon procedure also boast a number of health benefits. Whether a symptom or a cause, obesity is associated with many medical conditions, so treating obesity is vital to your health. The gastric balloon procedure has been shown to lower your risk of such weight-related health problems as

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

**The two FDA-approved gastric balloons currently available in the U.S. are Orbera® and the Reshape® dual balloon. You and your doctor can decide together which most comfortably and effectively fits your stomach.

Non-surgical, FDA-approved, and designed to fit comfortably in your stomach—a gastric balloon can be the perfect way to jumpstart your weight loss. But with the rise of competitively-priced boutique weight-loss centers, why should you turn to a gastroenterology practice?

As digestive specialists, gastroenterologists use their medical expertise to help their patients live a healthy life. The gastric balloon procedure utilizes an endoscope to guide the balloon through your mouth, down to your stomach, where it is filled a small amount of saline solution, until it has reached the ideal size for your stomach. Gastroenterologists are trained medical professionals who are board-certified in performing endoscopic techniques.

After the initial procedure, gastroenterologists also provide personalized, comprehensive coaching to ensure patients are receiving optimal results. This all-inclusive program revolves around monthly meetings with professional who specializes in dietary and exercise programs. As members of the Baton Rouge community, they are devoted to helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As the only Baton Rouge-area gastroenterology practice to offer both Reshape® and Orbera® gastric balloon procedures, Gastroenterology Associates leads the pack with their O.N.E. Weigh program.

The gastric balloon procedure could be a life-changing step on the way to your healthy weight. With twelve months of diet and exercise advice from specialists you know and trust, you’ll not only reach your ideal weight, but have the knowledge and support to keep it off.

If you’d like to learn more about the gastric balloon and the O.N.E. Weigh program, contact Gastroenterology Associates today and schedule a consultation. Find the right path with O.N.E. Weigh.

 

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