What Is a Gastric Balloon?

Maintaining a healthy diet is a hard habit to learn. We’re here to help. Geared towards portion control, a gastric balloon is a great alternative to invasive procedures like gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery. Because it suppresses the appetite, this solution helps you develop healthy eating habits, producing long-lasting results.

During this procedure, a balloon is placed in the stomach, allowing you to feel full faster and for longer periods of time.

Which Gastric Balloon Is Right for Me?

We offer two types of balloons. Below, we’ll explain each gastric balloon surgery Miller Place, NY residents can take advantage of.

Orbera Balloon

Performed on an outpatient basis, the Orbera balloon can be inserted in about 30 minutes. After the patient undergoes mild sedation, the doctor guides a tube down the esophagus to place a silicone balloon in the stomach. The balloon is then filled with saline, expanding to the size of a grapefruit.

Obalon Balloon

A swallowable balloon, the Obalon balloon is an even quicker procedure than the Orbera, taking about 10 minutes and requiring no sedation. The patient swallows a tiny capsule that contains the balloon; it is then inflated with gas. Two additional balloons are eventually inserted over a three-month period to produce incremental weight loss. After six months, the three balloons are extracted endoscopically with light sedation.

If you need to shed 10% to 15% of your excess body weight and have a BMI between 30 and 40, consider a gastric balloon. Call or visit Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors today to discuss gastric balloon surgery in Miller Place, NY.