You’re sick and tired of being obese. Diet and exercise didn’t work for you, but you don’t want — or can’t have — bariatric surgery. Well, you’re in luck. Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio now offers the nonsurgical OrberaTM Gastric Balloon, an effective weight-loss alternative to invasive procedures like gastric bypass.
Here are some criteria to help you determine if a gastric balloon is right for you:
… the front office staff are great. They answer your questions or transfer you to someone that can — and that person actually picks up! Wait times have always been short. I’ve usually been seen either on-time, or within 5-10 minutes of my scheduled appointment.
Placing the gastric balloon involves a quick nonsurgical procedure. Your physician will use an endoscope (a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end) to place a deflated, medical-grade balloon into your stomach. He or she will then inflate the balloon with saline to about the size of a grapefruit. This will give you the feeling of fullness after eating much smaller food portions than usual.
Here are the five simple steps to start losing weight and regaining your confidence:
This saline-filled balloon will temporarily keep your stomach partially full. Over the six months you have the balloon, you’ll learn the proper food portion control that will help you achieve and keep the thinner body you desire.
Over a 6-month period, gastric balloon recipients lost 3.1x more weight than the control group who received diet and exercise counseling alone. However, it’s important to view the gastric balloon as a tool that can teach you healthy eating habits, the most important factor in maintaining your new physique. It isn’t a standalone solution.
Knowing your body mass index (BMI) is helpful for understanding your individual needs with regard to weight loss. Calculate yours using our quick and easy BMI calculator.
The first step toward effective weight loss is a consultation with one of GCSA’s gastroenterologists. To schedule an appointment or learn more about how Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio specializes in weight-loss balloons in the San Antonio communities of Medical Center, Stone Oak, Northeast, Westover Hills, Boerne or Bulverde, call 210.614.1234 today. You can also request an appointment using the form below.