Gastric Balloon in New Jersey
Located in Montclair, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, offers Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon to patients from around the world. If you are overweight or obese and struggling to lose weight on your own, you may be a candidate for an Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon. You may have tried to lose weight through a restricted diet, regular exercise, or a medical weight loss program. When these methods fail and bariatric surgery is not an option you want to consider, an Intragastric Balloon could be your solution.
What is Gastric Balloon?
Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is a procedure that involves placement of a silicone sphere (referred to as a balloon) into your stomach under endoscopic guidance (through your mouth). The balloon takes up space inside your stomach and limits the amount of food that you can eat at one time.
Benefits of Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon
Intragastric Balloon is a temporary and reversible procedure that requires no anatomical remodeling of your stomach or intestines. It requires no cuts or incisions from the outside or inside of your body, and can help you modify your eating habits and lifestyle behaviors by helping you feel full with much smaller portions of food. Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon can benefit patients of all obesity classes and may be used as a precursor to other bariatric procedures.
How is the Gastric Balloon Performed?
Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is performed by passing a silicone sphere through your mouth and into your stomach where it is then filled with saline. This balloon floats freely within your stomach, taking up space and allowing you to feel full with smaller portions of food.
Preparing for Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon
In preparation for your balloon placement, you will be required to meet with a Registered Dietitian for nutrition counseling. You will also need medical clearance from your primary physician to ensure that you are fit enough to undergo the procedure.
Recovery from Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon
Recovery from the Intragastric Balloon placement is fast and does not involve any downtime.
Some patients complain of nausea, at times lasting up to 1 week or more.
How Much Does the Gastric Balloon Cost?
Endoscopic Intragastric Balloons are typically not covered by insurance, although we are happy to check your plan’s benefits. Financing options are available through Advance Care Card if necessary. You may also want to connect with organizations that specialize in helping bariatric patients afford their surgery, such as the Obesity Action Coalition.
Is a Gastric Balloon Right for Me?
If you are obese and are struggling to lose weight, but do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery or any procedure that modifies your anatomy, an Intragastric Balloon may be right for you. You may also consider this procedure if you need to lose weight before having Roux-en-Y or Gastric Sleeve surgery. Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is typically recommended for patients with a BMI between 30 and 40. Check your BMI with our online calculator.
Why Choose Dr. Sohail Shaikh for Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon?
Dr. Shaikh is highly skilled and has special training in advanced interventional endoscopic bariatrics. He is recognized as an expert in this field and often teaches endoscopic bariatric procedures to other physicians both nationally and internationally. He is also involved in research to advance the field. Dr. Shaikh is an understanding and caring physician who puts his patients’ needs above all else.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Gastric Balloon
Dr. Shaikh will take his time to answer all of your questions and help you determine which endoscopic procedure is right for you. He will discuss your medical history and your struggles with weight loss, as well as your long and short-term goals. If you are unable to visit our New Jersey office for a consultation due to location, you can request a virtual consultation with Dr. Shaikh.
Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is a great choice for many obese patients who do not wish to undergo more invasive and permanent procedures. Contact Dr. Shaikh to determine if the endoscopic intragastric balloon is right for you.
“Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed with this or any other procedure. Any weight loss procedure should be accompanied with nutritional counselling and an appropriate diet and exercise program.”