Balloon Weight Loss Program | Q&A

Balloon Weight Loss Program | Q&A


[MUSIC] So, the gastric balloon, as you
can see here, is a soft yet durable balloon designed to fit
comfortably in your stomach. Essentially, the idea behind the
balloon Is that it sits there and occupies space so you feel
full early during meals and also you feel less
hungry in between meals. [MUSIC] So, the great thing about this
procedure is that it’s done purely endoscopically. So, it’s very minimally invasive,
without any scars whatsoever. So, you basically you go in for a procedure,
have very mild sedation, and then you wake up
after 20 minutes. You can go home after 2 hours. [MUSIC] So, essentially this balloon
is most suited for patients who’ve tried to lose weight
through diet and exercise. Or even with medications, but have been unable to do so, or
really unable to keep that weight off that they
initially lost. It’s also very useful for
patients who don’t really want to go through the process
of having bariatric surgery. The ideal patient has
a BMI between 30 and 40, although it also works for
patients out of this BMI range. You can expect to lose
about 30 to 50 pounds secondary to the balloon. So, its very effective and the great thing is most of the
weight loss is in the first four months after the balloon is
inserted, so it’s very good for those who are interested
in very rapid weight loss. [MUSIC] See, our treatment program’s
unique because it runs for a year, this is despite the balloon only
being inserted for six months. We believe this offers
more durable weight loss. As part of our team we
have a gastroenterologist, an internal medicine physician
who specializes in obesity, as well as a nutritionist
who will play a very active role in changing your lifestyle
behaviors such that you’ll be able to maintain the weight
once it’s been lost. You’ll see a gastroenterologist
prior to having your balloon inserted, who’ll assess you for
suitability. Then you go ahead and
have your procedure and it will be very closely followed
up by the whole team throughout the rest of the 12 months. [MUSIC] So, with the gastric balloon, we expect that you lose anywhere
between 30 and 50 pounds. One of the great things
about the weight loss is it’s incredibly rapid. So, most of the weight loss
actually happens within the first four months. So it’s very good for someone
if they’re trying to lose weight for a particular target such
as a wedding or a reunion. [MUSIC] The gastric balloon is inserted
with the aid of endoscopy when the patient’s sedated. The balloon, when it’s deflated, is passed through the mouth into
the stomach and then once in the stomach we inject 600 to 700
cc’s of water until it’s full. Then, the deployment
catheter is released and the balloon is left
behind in the stomach. So, the removal procedure
is very simple. It takes approximately 20
minutes. The patient is asleep. The endoscope is inserted into
the stomach and using a small catheter with a sharp tip, it
is inserted into the balloon and then all of the fluid
is aspirated. And very simply, once the
balloon is completely deflated, it is easily grabbed and then removed with the endoscope
through the mouth. [MUSIC] The insertion procedure
is very safe. For the first three days, you might feel a little bit
nauseous, but after that you have very little sense that the
balloon is actually inside you. During the first two weeks
we recommend a liquid diet just while you’re getting
accustomed to the balloon. But even during this time
you’re able to exercise and perform activities such as
swimming or playing tennis. [MUSIC] We believe in a
multidisciplinary team approach. We have a very comprehensive
program which involves an internal medicine specialist
who has expertise in obesity. A nutritionist is very active,
and engages patients and will be in contact with them
on a near monthly basis. We also believe in a very
personalized approach to patient care. And, we believe in tailoring
our approach to the individual patient such that we can
help them achieve their individual goals. [MUSIC]

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