Gastric Balloon-Dallas, TX
Dr. Dirk Rodriguez is now offering the new Gastric Balloon weight loss procedure. A team of physicians designed it to be a temporary tool and a simple non-surgical weight loss procedure. Its volume and shape are meant to take up space in the stomach, which encourages portion control and gives you the edge to finally lose weight. What, exactly, is the “balloon”?
The new and improved intra-gastric balloon is constructed from advanced, highly durable materials that are more resistant to breakage. The soft balloon is placed in the stomach endoscopically and filled with saline solution which, in turn, partially fills the stomach. The balloon is a “restrictive” device, increasing satiety so that patients feel full more quickly.
After you’re given a mild sedative, the physician will insert the deflated balloon through your mouth and into your stomach. It is then filled with a safe saline solution until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The entire procedure usually only takes 20 or 30 minutes and most people go home the same day.
The balloon will remain in place for six months. This is where you might see the most drastic weight loss. With the gastric balloon in place, your physician will provide you with diet and exercise coaching from a team of experts designed specifically for you. Your objective is to develop healthy habits to carry you forward in your weight loss journey.
Just like its placement, the balloon is removed through a quick non-surgical procedure. The next six months are an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum by continuing your coaching. When your yearlong program is over, you’ve established healthy lifestyle choices that help you continue to lose weight and keep it off.
Who will benefit from this new procedure?
The balloon is often used in patients who must lose weight to qualify for bariatric surgery, or those with a BMI between 30-40. With minimal risk factors, however, the device may prove to be quite helpful for a wider pool of patients.
“Truly anyone who is struggling with their weight can have it,” says Dr. Dirk. “As long as they understand that it is a tool to help them change their life in regards to nutrition and exercise.”