Are you struggling to get the stubborn weight off you? Have you tried everything including diet modification, exercise, and everything in between? If you’re looking for a solution for weight loss, we have the perfect solution for you: A gastric balloon.
What Is A Gastric Balloon?
Intragastric balloon (IGB) is a treatment for obesity and has been developed so you can lose considerable weight in about 6 months. IGB placement is established as a safe, relatively low-cost, and well-tolerated minimally invasive procedure for weight loss, giving encouraging results with the strict prerequisite that the patient will enroll in a medically supervised weight loss program. The gastric balloon is entirely reversible, and it doesn’t change the anatomy of the stomach, making it a very safe procedure.
During the procedure, a soft silicone balloon is delivered into the stomach with the help of a camera called an endopscope, making the procedure incision-less. Once the balloon is safely placed in the stomach, it is filled with saline (saltwater). As the filled balloon is too big to move onto other parts of the digestive system, it floats in the stomach freely.
As a result of the procedure, the balloon gives the patient a sense of a half-full stomach, which prevents overeating and reduces the amount of food the patient can or wants to eat. That’s why it’s essential to stick to a healthy diet and regular exercise to get the maximum results.
Who Is Suitable for Gastric Balloon Treatment?
An intragastric balloon may be an option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40
- You’re willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, get regular medical follow-up and participate in behavioral therapy
- You have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery. If you do not meet the criteria for bariatric surgery, intragastric balloons may be used to achieve weight reduction.
Intragastric balloons aren’t the right choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help your doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you. Contact us for a free consultation to find out if Gastric Balloon is the right treatment for you.
All Natural Weight-Loss Program at TCBH
The Clinic at Beverly Hills is a brand new 8200 square foot, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary healthcare facility located in Toronto. We have created a comprehensive Gastric Balloon Program to increase the amount of weight you should lose and ensure that you are able to keep it off.
We utilize a method called Metabolic Balance® to achieve greater results. Metabolic Balance® is an innovative all-natural nutrition program that balances hormones and optimizes health: the result is successful long-term weight management. NO hunger, NO cravings, NO injections/pills/shakes, NO keeping “points” or counting calories.
We develop an individualized nutrition plan for you. The Metabolic Balance® method has achieved success with those who suffer from PCOS, Type 2 Diabetes, Rheumatism, Migraines, Insulin Resistance., High Blood Pressure, Fatigue, High Cholesterol, Imbalanced Cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Allergies and Skin Disorders.
Our program includes:
- Full assessment of suitableness
- Access to our nutritionist and wellness coaches for 1 year
- Gastric balloon procedure
- Follow up with your surgical team
- Metabolic Balance® program
Meet Your Surgeons
Dr. Reena Bhargava
- General Surgeon specialising in Endoscopy and General Surgery
- Registered with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- University of Western Ontario (Medical School and Surgical Residency)
- Minimally Invasive Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Ohio
Dr. Luke Fazio
- General Urology, Endourology, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
- Chief of Urology, Humber River Hospital
- McGill University (Medical School)
- University of Western Ontario (Residency)
- Endourology and Minimally Invasive Fellowship at St. Mike’s Hospital, Toronto
This plan acts as a “road-map” that gives you the exact natural foods needed to orchestrate biochemical changes for individualized weight and health goals such as cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.
The program offers you a personalized nutrition plan based on an in-depth analysis of 37 different blood lab values and your medical history. Your personalized plan will indicate exactly which natural foods and the quantity you should eat them, in order to balance your personal “body chemistry” with the right “food chemistry”.
If weight loss is your goal, you can experience rapid weight reduction. Metabolic balance® is 100% natural! NO hunger, NO cravings, NO injections/pills/shakes, NO keeping “points” or counting calories.. You aren’t alone on the Metabolic Balance® program. Throughout the four phases (preparation, strict conversion, relaxed conversion, and maintenance) of your program you are supported by your Metabolic Balance® coach.
With the Balloon and the Metabolic Balance® approach let us help you lose weight.
As typically with gastric operations, the first few days and weeks of diet after the gastric balloon procedure is solely based on liquids, purees, and other soft foods. The transition from liquids to more solid food goes slowly step-by-step as it is necessary to get your body comfortable with the balloon and avoid nausea. After the initial liquid diet, you can move on to normal textured solid foods after around two weeks. It is vital to follow the diet recommendations and start eating healthy and exercising more.
Even though the gastric balloon procedure is non-surgical and straightforward, there are still some risks to be aware of:
- Dehydration – because of the balloon, there might be difficulty in consuming an adequate amount of liquids. However, this problem usually goes away after the stomach has adapted to the balloon.
- Severe nausea, stomach cramps, and vomiting – usually normal and expected during the first few days. Not to worry – you will be given medication to help prevent and alleviate it.
- Ulcers – mostly caused by the balloon irritating the lining of the stomach. To reduce the risk, it’s essential to avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Doctors typically give patients omeprazole or other proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid while the balloon is in place.
- Balloon deflation – occurrence is low. However, it can be a hazardous situation where the silicone balloon is compromised, deflates, and could move through the digestive system where it might cause a blockage. Deflated balloons must be removed endoscopically.
- Early removal – due to intolerance. Not very common, but patients are given medications to help them through their nausea if it happens.
- Gastric perforation – also very rare, but the higher risk is for the patients who have a prior history of stomach surgery.
Even if your physical condition (i.e. BMI) is suitable for the gastric balloon procedure, some contraindications might not give you the “green light” for that procedure:
- currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- serious liver damage (e.g. cirrhosis)
- history or current use of blood-thinning medications (e.g. coumadin or xarelto)
- prior history of stomach or bariatric surgery (e.g., gastric bypass, nissen fundoplication, gastric surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy)
- anomalies in the gastrointestinal tract (e.g., large hiatal hernias that is greater than 5 cm, acute inflammation in the esophagus or presence of stomach ulcers)
All in all, the gastric balloon procedure is an option for weight loss, especially if you haven’t succeeded with diet and exercise before. This safe, non-surgical, and simple procedure can give you the kickstart to get you on the path to a healthier life!