5 Benefits of a Gastric Balloon: Low-Cost Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure

Benefits of Gastric Balloon

At IBI Healthcare Institute, we can help you learn more about the benefits of gastric balloons, which is one option for those seeking a successful weight loss program. Additionally, it can help make life easier if you are at a high weight. Hence, airplane and cinema seats should no longer feel uncomfortably tight. Likewise, clothing shopping can be an enjoyable experience again. Furthermore, you can look in the mirror without thinking about your weight. Most importantly, you will be able to look forward to living an active life with more confidence. Ultimately, the gastric balloon can make a major impact on your life.

A Harvard study found that obesity increases the risks of 50 different health problems. Factors such as the degree of obesity and the length of time a person has a higher weight will increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more!

A study by the American Cancer Society found that being higher weight increases a person’s risk of getting at least 13 types of cancer. The study also found that body fat, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol consumption contribute to one in five cases of cancer.

Losing Weight Has Numerous Health Benefits

Losing weight can reverse and reduce many obesity-related diseases and conditions. The more weight that is lost, the more the risks of serious health problems are reduced.

At IBI Healthcare Institute, we understand that losing weight is the hard part and many people struggle with it. We see patients all the time that have tried multiple different diets and exercise plans but they have been unsuccessful in losing weight or maintaining their weight loss. Their weight fluctuates up and down and they, unfortunately, end up in the endless yo-yo cycle of weight loss and weight regain. Check out the benefits of the gastric balloon and how it can help you reach your goals.

What’s a Gastric Balloon?

If you have tried dieting and exercise to lose weight but have been unsuccessful or you suffer from symptoms related to your weight, you may be a good candidate for a Gastric Ballon procedure also called an intragastric balloon. During this procedure, a silicone balloon is placed in the stomach and inflated with saline. It helps you lose weight by leaving less room in your stomach, limiting the number of calories you can consume and also helps you feel full longer.

5 Benefits of a Gastric Balloon

1. No Surgery Involved with a Gastric Balloon

The doctor sedates the patient and uses a thin tube to carry the silicone balloon inside through the throat to the stomach. The surgeon then guides an endoscope through the throat, which is a small tube with a camera, to observe the inflation of the silicone balloon with saline. When the balloon is inflated and sealed, the medical team removes the tubes, and they complete the procedure. It usually takes 30 minutes from start to finish, and patients go home the same day. They leave the balloon inside for six months. Afterward, they remove the balloon with an endoscope.

2. Gastric Balloon Can Be Removed

By design, doctors intend to keep the gastric balloon in the patient’s stomach for six months before removing it. But if special circumstances arise before that, doctors can remove it at any time.

3. The Procedure Costs Less Than Many Other Weight Loss Surgeries

One of the questions we hear frequently is how much does the gastric balloon cost?

That is one of the best benefits of gastric balloon, the average cost of the procedure is $5,500 to $7,000. That is significantly lower than the average cost of different types of weight loss surgery. Also, the cost of gastric balloon surgery includes a supervised weight loss program for an entire year.

4. You May Be Eligible for a Gastric Balloon Even if You are Not Eligible for Surgery

Many clinics and insurance companies require candidates to have a very high BMI (body mass index) before considering them ready to undergo gastric bypass surgery. However, doctors can often perform gastric balloon procedures on people with a lower BMI and a specific weight loss goal in mind.

5. Gastric Balloons Produce Real Weight Loss Results

Most patients experience significant weight loss results by three months after the insertion of their gastric balloon. By the six-month point, patients generally will have lost between 20 and 50 pounds depending on their initial weight. After removing the balloon, patients can continue to lose weight by maintaining their healthy low-calorie diet and exercise routines.

Find out if a gastric balloon is the right procedure for you. The cost of a stomach balloon is significantly less than weight loss surgery. And patients who may not qualify for surgery are often candidates. Schedule your appointment today. Let us treat you and not just your symptoms.

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Dr. A. Christopher Ibikunle MD FACS
Dr A. Christopher Ibikunle (MD, FACS) is a distinguished surgeon with a rich academic and clinical background. After completing his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he served as an Active Staff and Assistant Professor of Surgery. Currently, he is a Professor of Surgery at Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and a Lead Preceptor for several institutions, including Morehouse University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chris is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, committed to advancing surgery and patient care.
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