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Baton Rouge GI Reveals benefits of Gastric Balloon

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Benefits_of_Gastric_Balloon_Baton_Rouge.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than one-third of American adults are affected with obesity. And with the increase in obesity comes a boost in the number of weight loss measures and procedures. Many of these procedures take drastic measures to provide the desired benefits of weight loss. These measures are dramatic enough for one to ponder if the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks involved. 

Fortunately, the gastric balloon weight loss procedure, a revolutionary advancement in weight loss, will wipe away any type of doubt related to risks and benefits. The gastric balloon procedure provides the desired benefits of weight loss, and at the same time, eliminates any of the scary risks involved with weight loss surgeries. After reviewing the benefits below, it will be easy to understand why gastric balloon patients are embracing their futures, improving their health, and feeling more confident than ever. 

Here are six benefits to the gastric balloon weight loss procedure: 

  1. Non-Surgical Process. The balloon is placed inside your stomach through a simple non-surgical outpatient procedure. Requiring only a mild sedative, the balloon is inserted through your mouth. Once in your stomach, it is inflated with a small amount of a tinted saline solution until it reaches the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically lasts 20 - 30 minutes. 
  1. The procedure is non-anatomy altering. The balloon is in place for a period of no more than six months to help jump start weight loss and curb appetite. At the end of that time, the balloon is then removed. It serves as a temporary placeholder and does not permanently re-route your digestive system like weight loss surgeries do. 
  1. Minimal side effects. Some patients reported nausea and vomiting lasting between one to two weeks following the procedure as side effects. Both reactions can be minimized with medication. 
  1. The gastric balloon procedure is FDA approved. Over 200,000 balloons have been placed worldwide, and the technology has evolved in shape and size over the last 20 years to become more durable. However, in the event of a rupture, your urine will turn a noticeable light blue tint from the saline. The balloon can then be removed the same way it was put in place by your physician. 
  1. Professional monitoring and coaching. The gastric balloon procedure is a comprehensive approach and begins with a review of your medical history and physical examination to determine eligibility. Programs are tailored to match your progress, and they include close monitoring by a physician and a team of partners who will educate and coach you. 
  1. Results – While results and experience may vary, studies have shown that patients have lost two to three times more weight with the gastric balloon procedure than with exercise and diet alone.* Most patients keep the weight off or continue to lose after the balloons are removed. 

If you have tried all the latest diets and exercise trends, and you really have not experienced the results, then you are in the right place. The gastric balloon weight loss procedure at Gastroenterology Associates can give you the jumpstart in life that you have been searching for all these years. Take the first step to a wonderful lifestyle change by reserving a gastric balloon consultation today.  


* Ponce J, Woodman G, Swain J, et al; for the REDUCE Pivotal Trial Investigators. The REDUCE pivotal trial: a prospective, randomized controlled pivotal trial of a dual intragastric balloon for the treatment of obesity [published online ahead of print December 16, 2014]. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2014.12.006. 

Topics: Gastric Balloon

Baton Rouge: What Is Gastric Balloon Weight Loss

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

abstractcircle-377510-edited.pngRemember the old saying, "no pain, no gain?” This short, classic quote is relevant in most aspects of life. Whether you are training for a marathon or simply learning how to dance, there are always growing pains involved with progress. Most people are willing to accept this life-long principle, as long as there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, when it comes to weight loss, it is challenging to the find the light, and it often times feels like you are in complete darkness. In other words, there is plenty of pain and absolutely zero gain (or loss in this case). 

A poll of 2,000 British adults, by Warburton's bakery, found the average 45-year-old woman has been on 61 diets since the age of 16. They bounce from diet to diet, because they do not see any results. Many people will also integrate an exercise program when dieting. However, with busy work schedules, kids’ activities, homework, housework, and other commitments, it takes a Herculean effort to stick with any of these activities. At the end of it all, most people end up tired, hungry, depressed, and frustrated. Again, you’re back to all pain and no gain (or loss in this case). 

Does this predicament in life sound familiar to you? If you are like many people, you have struggled to keep the weight off. You have bounced from diet to diet and have tried every exercise program known to man. Nothing seems to work, and you end up feeling defeated and are ready to give up. Before you do, you may want to explore the benefits of the gastric balloon procedure. 

The gastric balloon weight loss procedure produces on average three times more weight loss than diet and exercise programs alone. The balloon is a safer and painless alternative when compared to anatomy altering weight loss surgeries. It is easily implanted in your stomach and inflated with a saline solution through a 20-30-minute outpatient procedure. There is little recovery time required, minimal side effects, and it leaves behind no incisions or scars. The balloon is FDA approved and designed to fit comfortably in your stomach for a period of six months, but can be removed as easily as it was inserted at any time before.  

Once implanted, the balloon works by filling up a portion of the stomach and aids in controlling the amount of food intake and curbing appetite to jumpstart the weight loss. At the same time, you learn about implementing healthier eating habits and making better choices. The program includes expert guidance, support, and resources from trusted community partners from the beginning. Since everyone has a different reason for why they want or need to lose the weight; the support plan is customized based on the unique progress of everyone. Results are due to the comprehensive and sustainable approach that incorporates education and coaching on the changes and improvements to make over the period of a year and which exercise activities to incorporate in your lifestyle. With this procedure and a little dedication and determination, there is little pain and plenty to gain (or lose in this circumstance). Make the move and take the first step on your path to the life you have been dreaming of! 


Topics: Gastric Balloon