Bariatric Surgery

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

Non-surgical procedures offer the most effective non-invasive and reversible meansfor losing weight. These procedures involve reducing the amount of space in your stomach to make you feel full. It encourages you to eat less at each meal, helping you lose up to 35 pounds within six months. You can repeat this procedure as often as your doctor recommends. At Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA, your overall health drives the best decisions for weight loss. Call the nearest office to schedule a consultation with a non-surgical weight loss specialist.

One of the safest, most effective non-surgical weight loss techniques involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach. This simple procedure helps you lose excess weight by reducing the space in your stomach for food. Most people opt for this procedure because they’ve tried dieting and exercising without seeing any significant results.

These non-surgical weight loss procedures, which you can get at one of our weight loss centers, allows you to shed pounds and become healthier as a result. In fact, of all the weight loss options outside of surgery, these procedures can give you the maximum weight loss. You can lose anywhere from 20 to 35 pounds after undergoing one of these procedures.

Losing Weight and Reducing Risks

Losing weight has several medical advantages, including reducing your risk of developing potentially life-threatening medical issues such as:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • GERD

Bariatric doctor Ragui Sadek and our expert team of weight-loss specialists at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA stand ready to assess whether you’d make a good candidate for their non-surgical weight loss program. If you have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, you may benefit most from a safe, effective non-surgical weight-loss treatment.. Most people with a BMI of 40 or more most likely need weight loss surgery, such as:

What’s Involved with the Non-Surgical Procedure

Not everyone needs or qualifies for surgery, making the alternative non-surgical weight loss procedures such as the balloon a viable option. Once your bariatric specialist determines that a balloon is the best option for you, you’re prepared for the procedure, which follows several steps:

  1. At the non-surgical weight loss center near you, you’re given a sedative.
  2. Then your doctor advances a thin tube with the silicone balloon down your throat into your stomach.
  3. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera, the silicone balloon is placed in the best location in your stomach.
  4. Then the doctor carefully fills the balloon with colored saline, which is just salt water and food coloring.
  5. Since the balloon can break, it’s lined with a second balloon to allow you to continue with the treatment. You can tell if the balloon is compromised by the color of your urine.

The filled balloon acts as an inhibitor to hunger pangs, giving you the feeling of fullness. This encourages you to eat less, so you consume fewer calories. For this technique to be effective, you need to fully commit to your health which includes following the strict dietary and exercise regime that your non-surgical weight loss doctor provides.

Non-surgical option for weight loss such as the balloon takes about half an hour to complete and is an outpatient procedure. You can go home within one or two hours afterward. You must continue to come in for routine check-ups with your doctor to assess your progress.

After the Procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you may feel a little groggy due to the twilight sedative administered by the anesthesia team. You should rest for the day if possible, as you may be a little sore. You shouldn’t need any pain medication, as you experience no significant discomfort from non-surgical weight loss procedures. After the procedure, you will start drinking clear liquids. The soft food stage starts in the second week, and you will finally eat solid food after three weeks.

You will need to start tracking the food you eat and how much you eat. You are advised to cut up your food into small pieces and chew it extensively. You must give up carbonated beverages, as the acid can interfere with the balloon. If you insist on eating after feeling full, it may make you feel nauseous. Your doctor may advise you to drink water before and after meals, but never during the meal.

The Limitations of Non-Surgical Weight Loss

While the balloon is one of the best non-surgical weight loss procedures, it isn’t a long-term solution. Your weight loss doctor has to remove the balloon after six months. However, this is enough time for you to lose your excess weight and get back to a healthier BMI.

Following these procedures, many people grow accustomed to a new way of eating. They learn that smaller meals and more exercise can help maintain their new weight. The silicone balloon is reversible, so your doctor can remove the balloon earlier if needed with no medical side effects. If you are tired of searching for “non-surgical weight loss options near me”, contact ASBNJ to find out if this procedure is right for you.

This page was modified on Aug 31, 2022 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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