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Balloon Device: Weight Loss Option

Posted: September 30, 2016

gastric balloon, Bon Secours Weight Loss InstituteThe ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon System is one of several devices for weight loss.

When diet and exercise don’t help people lose weight, your doctor may suggest alternatives. Weight loss treatments include prescription medications, invasive surgery and medical devices. All have risks and benefits, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“In the past, there was diet and exercise, and then there was invasive surgery, including gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery,” says Jeffrey Cooper, M.S., D.V.M., a branch chief in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Today, medical devices for obesity treatment require lifestyle changes and carry certain risks, but their placement can be less invasive.”

The ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon System, approved by the FDA, has been shown to help people lose up to three times more weight than those who only changed their eating and exercise habits for six months.

Gastric Balloon Works With Coaching

During a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, Bon Secours weight loss specialists place a deflated silicone balloon into the stomach. Once it is filled with saline, it stays in place for six months. Patients eat less because they feel full.

After the balloon procedure, patients begin a 12-month coaching program. It’s designed to give them support during their weight loss journey. For 12 months, patients learn how to make healthy food choices, control their portion sizes and incorporate regular exercise into their lifestyle.

Today, many people are turning to FDA-approved medical devices such as the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon System. More than 68 percent of U.S. adults need to lose weight, according to federal statistics. Nearly 36 percent of these adults have obesity. Losing weight is important because obesity is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System offers the ORBERA™ procedure at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk and Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth.  The balloon procedure is one of many proven weight loss strategies offered through the Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute. Other programs include: fitness coaching, medically supervised weight loss and surgical weight loss.

Source: Food and Drug Administration

+ Learn more about the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon procedure at Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

+ Read about the different surgical weight loss options at Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center.

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