How Does Endoscopic Weight Loss Work?

Many people struggling to lose weight find their diet and exercise regimen are not enough to make an impact. While they may initially lose weight through eating healthy and working out, it is typical for the body to return to its previous higher weight. Fortunately, there is a solution that can help you to lose weight without the need for surgery.

An endoscopic weight-loss procedure may be the answer you have been looking for. How does this procedure work, and is endoscopic weight loss right for you? Learn more below.

What Is Endoscopic Weight Loss?

Our endoscopic weight loss center utilizes the Orbera intragastric balloon installation to help our clients reset their bodies. This soft silicone balloon will be placed in the stomach while the patient is under mild sedation.

The Intragastric Balloon Placement Procedure

Installing the balloon is an endoscopic procedure, meaning that there is no surgery required for this procedure. Instead, doctors use a thin, flexible endoscope. Once installed, the Orbera balloon is filled with saline until it reaches the approximate size of a grapefruit in your stomach.

This advanced, FDA-approved procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes from start to finish.

How Does This Procedure Help You Lose Weight?

The science behind this procedure is actually quite simple. The intragastric Orbera balloon limits the amount of space available in your stomach without permanently changing the organ’s structure. You will find that you can consume less food than you could eat before placement of the Orbera.

Since your body will register that the stomach is technically full, you will eat smaller portions throughout the day. This allows you to learn better portion control so that you can maintain your weight loss.

The balloon will remain in the stomach for six months before removal using a very similar endoscopic procedure. Again, no permanent changes happen to the stomach. That half-year period simply gives the body enough time to adjust to smaller portions and allows you to keep up with the weight loss trend you saw in the early post-procedure stages.

Endoscopic weight loss can help you to lose three times the weight compared to diet and exercise alone. However, you must also commit to eating healthier and managing your portion size to see continued gains after the balloon is removed.

Why Is Endoscopic Weight Loss More Effective Than Dieting?

Normal weight loss techniques like diet and exercise slow down your body’s metabolism. Depriving yourself of the food your body needs simultaneously increases your appetite. This combination makes it more challenging for individuals to lose weight.

While you may see some initial changes in your weight, your body is likely to return to its former and heavier weight. This is often referred to as the “set point” of the body. If you want long-lasting weight loss, you must reset the set point.

When the Orbera intragastric balloon is placed, your reduced diet will help you to keep the weight off for a more extended period. As a result, it resets the set point and facilitates long-term weight loss.

Who Can Benefit from Endoscopic Weight Loss Procedures?

If you are considering an endoscopic weight loss procedure, you might be surprised to learn that this option is great for everyone who is slightly overweight all of the way to morbidly obese. It can be pretty effective regardless of how much weight you have to lose to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Some of the requirements for treatment are:

  • Lose between 10 and 100 pounds
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher
  • Be 18 or older
  • The average weight loss with the Orbera gastric balloon is between 30 and 40 pounds, but the results may vary.

How Long Is Recovery?

Because patients go under only light sedation for the placement of the Orbera balloon, the recovery time is much shorter than most people anticipate. You will be discharged after just a few hours following the procedure. It’s safe to return to work the following day.

This allows you to get the treatment you require without massive amounts of downtime and the need for unnecessary vacation days at work. You won’t even have to explain your absence at the office!

Signing Up for Treatment

If you think that you could benefit from the Orbera intragastric balloon, contact Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center to see if this procedure is a good fit for you. Give us a call today to see about setting up a consultation for your next endoscopic procedure at our Rego Park location!

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