Weight-loss progress can be slow with diet and exercise alone. Gastric balloons can help speed up the weight-loss process without surgery, so you reach your goals sooner. Abel Bello, MD, and the team at MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, are experienced weight-loss experts dedicated to helping people through education, support, and compassion. The MIB Surgery team offers gastric balloons and other weight-loss solutions. If your weight loss is slower than you’d like or you want help, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
A gastric balloon is a sterile, silicone balloon that takes up space in your stomach, causing you to eat less and lose weight. Under the supervision of Dr. Bello, you swallow a small capsule containing the gastric balloon. Once the capsule has reached your stomach, Dr. Bello inflates the balloon with saline to fill a portion of your stomach. The procedure is painless and only takes about 15-30 minutes.
Once the gastric balloon is inflated, it takes up space in your stomach, so there is less room for food. The team at MIB Surgery can help you develop healthy eating and exercise habits over the next six months.
As your new habits become routine, you lose weight, and you won’t have to worry about excessive hunger sabotaging your progress. After about six months, Dr. Bello deflates the balloon and removes it under local anesthesia, so you remain conscious and pain-free.
Once the balloon is removed, the MIB Surgery team monitors your progress over the next six months. They ensure you have the education and support necessary to continue to make healthy lifestyle choices that facilitate your weight loss.
If you have a BMI over 30 but want to avoid weight-loss surgery, a gastric balloon may be your best choice. Two types are available at MIB Surgery:
With the Obalon system, you begin with one smaller balloon in your stomach. After a period of time, Dr. Bello adds two additional balloons, all three of which add up to the size of a grapefruit. This is a more gradual process, so you get used to eating smaller portions over time.
The Orbera system is a single balloon about the size of a grapefruit. The Orbera immediately takes up a larger space in your stomach, so you eat less right away.
A gastric balloon can help you lose three times the weight you would lose with diet and exercise alone.* During treatment, Dr. Bello teaches you healthy habits for weight loss. Maintaining these healthy habits after you’ve completed treatment enables you to keep the weight off.
Nonsurgical gastric balloons may be your best weight-loss solution. Call MIB Surgery or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.