Do Gastric Balloons Really Work?
The intragastric balloon is gaining popularity as a non-surgical choice for weight loss and is a less invasive alternative to bariatric surgeries. It is a tool that supports and helps you get started with your weight loss journey. Insertion of the gastric balloon helps you learn to make changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
This is a two-part program in which the gastric balloon remains in your stomach for 6 months. During this period, you are recommended portion sized meals, specific diet and exercise regimens to be followed.
After the balloon is removed, you will be provided with continued customized lifestyle and nutrition support for the next 6 months.
Gastric balloons give you a feeling of fullness even with smaller amount of food, which can make you less hungry and keeps you from snacking between meals. By following the proper diet and exercise after the removal of the gastric balloon, your weight loss goals can be achieved and maintained over the long-term.
20-30% of Weight Loss Can Be Expected with Gastric Balloons
Several research studies have suggested that more amount of weight can be lost in 12 months with the gastric balloon than with dietary changes alone. One can achieve the greatest and most sustained success if the patient continues to maintain the recommended eating habits and adheres to a regular exercise program. Research has shown that majority of weight loss occurs within the first three months; however, the time period for weight loss may differ among patients.
The success of the gastric balloon is dependent on the second part of the program that teaches maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Monthly visits to your doctor enable evaluation of your weight loss progress as well as provide you with support and ongoing education.