Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures
Many individuals suffer from obesity and weight-related health issues like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, issues related to the joints in the knees or hips, etc. Often, these individuals have tried and failed to lose weight with many different diets and exercise programs. They understand that they need to make some lifestyle changes to become healthier but they just don’t know where to begin and need something to help get them started.
They may begin to research weight loss surgery but find the thought of surgery and extended recovery times so daunting, that they dismiss the idea. There are also those individuals for which surgical recovery times are not even feasible.
For instance, a single mother (a one-income household) with a small support system and a full-time job. Navigating through a four to six-week surgical recovery time is a challenge. If you are one of the individuals who cannot consider surgery for one reason or another, I have some good news for you! There are non-surgical options that will help get you started on your weight loss journey.
Let me explain 2 non-surgical weight loss procedures that are available right now at the IBI Healthcare Institute. These procedures are called the Orbera Balloon and Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG). They require no incisions or hospital stays, and all offer speedy recovery times compared to surgery. I should also mention that we often offer special pricing for the non-surgical weight loss options to make them affordable and available to everyone who is a candidate.
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The Orbera Balloon System
What is Orbera Balloon?
The Orbera Balloon is a weight-loss tool that uses a soft silicone balloon to occupy space in the stomach only allowing individuals to eat a small amount of food at a time. Patients are given a high level of support with diet and exercise plans as well as other professional support if needed.
Related: check out IBI Healthcare Institute Weight Loss Support Group on Facebook.
How Does Orbera Balloon Work for Weight Loss?
During the 20-30-minute procedure, the thin, deflated Orbera balloon is placed into the stomach using an endoscope while the patient is under a mild sedative. The balloon is then filled with saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit.
The balloon takes up space in the stomach, which helps the patient feel “full” and not get hungry as often. It also limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. There is no hospital stay required and only about a 3-day recovery period.
How Much Weight Can I Lose Using the Orbera Balloon System?
The gastric balloon, when used properly, is a tool that alleviates some of the hardest parts of weight loss – feeling hungry all the time and portion control. The foods you choose to eat and the physical activity you choose to incorporate into your daily routine will be key elements in how much weight you will lose.
After the balloon is removed (after 6 months), continuing to make healthy dietary choices and maintaining a routine for exercise/physical activity will help with continued weight loss and prevention of weight re-gain. Patient testimonials have reported weight loss results of 33-92 pounds in 6 months.
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Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)
What Is Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)?
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a non-surgical endoscopic weight loss procedure used to help individuals with a BMI of over 30 to lose weight. The stomach is accessed via the throat with an endoscope, and the size of the stomach is altered using between 7 and 12 sutures reconfiguring the stomach into a banana-shaped pouch.
The smaller stomach size helps patients with portion control and causes them to feel full longer. The procedure takes 30 – 45 minutes and does not require a hospital stay.
ESG reduces the stomach size by about 70%, and the end result is very similar to what a surgical sleeve gastrectomy does, only without making any incisions.
How Does ESG Work for Weight Loss?
During ESG, the surgeon makes the stomach smaller so it controls the amount someone can eat during one sitting. The smaller stomach size also takes longer to digest food, so the feeling of “being full’ is extended. After the procedure, patients follow a specific diet plan that helps their stomach adjust to its new size. Patients normally lose about 10-13% of their total body weight in the first three months, which motivates them to persevere with their diet and exercise plan.
Patients normally recover in about a week and are able to return to their routine fairly quickly. Patients can also begin incorporating exercise/physical activity earlier than they would after a weight loss surgery.
How Much Weight Can I Lose with Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures?
This is a common question that does not have a “one size fits all” answer. Weight loss surgeries and non-surgical weight loss procedures are intended to be used as a tool to help individuals succeed in losing weight and develop new behavioral patterns that facilitate a healthier lifestyle going forward. This tool, when used properly, offers individuals the opportunity to lose enough weight to reduce their BMI level to a healthy range.
Weight loss procedures, regardless of the technique, reduce the number of calories a person can eat in one sitting and also help dissipate annoying hunger pains. How each patient chooses to use the tool is up to them. Patients who modify their eating habits, get regular exercise, embrace and utilize all the support resources that are available to them, will be successful in their weight loss journey.
Losing weight is not an easy task and it is not going to happen overnight, but with IBI Healthcare Institute, you are not alone. We are here and ready to accompany you on your weight loss journey, regardless of which tool you choose to assist you along the way. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss if surgical or non-surgical weight loss solutions can work best for you.