Gastric Balloon Surgery in Atlanta, GA
Gastric balloon surgery is one of many types of bariatric weight loss surgery that is proven to help obese patients lose weight.
At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer gastric balloon surgery to men and women in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.
What is Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Gastric balloon surgery is a procedure that involves placing a silicone balloon inside the patient’s stomach. The balloon is filled with saline or air and left in place for 3 to 6 months. An inflated balloon fills a part of the stomach and makes the patient feel full sooner, and therefore, consume fewer calories on a daily basis.
Gastric balloon is a temporary, but very effective method to defeat obesity. This method allows you to achieve the goal weight easier and faster, and encourages you to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Gastric balloons are installed for a period of 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of product selected. The balloon is installed endoscopically, without surgical intervention.
This method should be considered if diet and exercise do not bring the desired result. Gastric balloons can help achieve the dream of ideal weight in a few months. On average, 89% of the total weight loss at six months is maintained at one year.
What Are the Secondary Benefits of Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Although few studies have been conducted, our experience indicates that gastric balloon surgery has secondary benefits to weight loss. Diabetes, hypertension, and other medical conditions can improve as a result of using gastric balloon surgery to lose weight.
Gastric balloon surgery is:
- An excellent and sustainable weight loss method;
- No incisions;
- An outpatient procedure.
How Does a Gastric Balloon Work?
SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics offers Obalon Balloon and Orbera Balloon gastric surgeries.
- Obalon Balloon gastric surgery involves using three balloons that are placed inside the stomach one at a time over the course of three months.
- Orbera Balloon gastric surgery involves a single balloon that remains in place for six months combined with ongoing coaching for up to one year.
The Obalon Balloon System is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system for weight loss. This nonsurgical treatment consists of three lightweight balloons placed gradually over three months.
Placement usually takes less than ten minutes per cylinder. In your doctor’s office, you swallow a capsule with a small balloon, and then your doctor inflates the balloon.
The Obalon Balloon System is a safe and effective weight loss system with minimal risk of complications. Rare side effects include abdominal pain and nausea that go away within a few days.
The Orbera® Intragastric Balloon System is a bariatric weight loss procedure that uses a gastric stomach balloon made of soft silicone.
The procedure begins with placing a soft balloon in the stomach. Then, the balloon is filled with saline to the size of a grapefruit. The procedure usually takes 20 to 30 minutes and you can go home on the same day.
What Should I Expect from My Gastric Balloon Surgery?
After the procedure, the patient feels full, because the stomach is partially filled with a balloon; the patient wants to eat less and begins to lose weight.
Immediately after the installation procedure, you will need to limit your food intake. During the first few days, the diet should consist only of liquid food. After this, you can begin to eat semi-solid, and then solid types of food gradually.
This procedure implies that you change your lifestyle and eating habits. In the first few days after the procedure discomfort is possible, but within a week, the stomach gets used to the balloon. The only thing that will remind you of it is something inside your stomach is a quick satiety with less food than usual.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Lifestyle changes are key to keeping the weight off after gastric balloon surgery. If you continue to eat right and exercise, you could maintain a healthy weight for the rest of your life!
Schedule Your Gastric Balloon Surgery Consultation Today!
Support is an important part of gastric balloon surgery. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelina or Dr. Chris to learn about our weight loss program and how we can help you succeed.
SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics proudly offers financing options for our patients.
Gastric balloon surgery is an excellent option for many obese patients who need help shedding the pounds. Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer gastric balloon surgery for men and women in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. To learn more about gastric balloon surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation.