Let’s face it, not too many people go into the new year withOUT a resolution to lose weight and improve their health. If you want to give yourself a fighting chance to lose 30-50 pounds* you might want to think about JourneyLite Physicians and a gastric balloon such Obalon, ReShape, or Orbera.
Gastric balloons come in 2 difference classes: saline-filled (ReShape & Orbera) and gas-filled (Obalon Swallowable Gastric Balloon). The saline balloons require a procedure with sedation and endoscopy to place them, while with the Obalon the patient simply swallows a capsule in the office, which then gets inflated in their stomach.
As far as side effects go, nausea and vomiting can be a major issue with the saline balloons such as Orbera and ReShape. Patients will usually need to take 3-5 days off work afterwards until their stomach has accomodate their new balloon. Some patients just can’t tolerate a saline balloon and it has to be removed early.
Gas-filled balloons such as the Obalon Swallowable Gastric Balloon however, have a much lower nausea/vomiting rate, in fact most patients have no vomiting at all after placement. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) a gas-filled balloon is lighter than the fluid in the stomach and will float on top, and 2) the Obalon system is a gradual treatment where the patient receives one small balloon at a time for a total of 3 over an 8-12 week period.
All gastric balloons, whether saline or gas-filled, need to be removed after 6 months, which does require a brief endoscopic procedure with sedation. However there are typically no side effects from removal and patients can return to work the next day.
Weight loss goals are the same for all balloons, hoping for 30-50 pounds over the 6 months that the balloon is in. Once removed, the patient must be committed and work hard to keep the weight off. Registered dietitians on the team will meet with patients monthly to tweak diet plans and encourage exercise. In some cases the use of a long-term appetite suppressant such as Qsymia, Belviq, or Contrave can be useful.
New Year Savings!
Dr. Trace Curry and his team at JourneyLite Physicians are some of the most experienced in the US for gastric balloons. With any procedure, experience leads to better results and a lower complication rate. To help you with your New Year’s weight loss resolution, we are offering the Obalon system for a limited time for just $6000.00! This includes three balloon swallows, endoscopic removal at 6 months, and a 6 month registered dietitian program.
Call now or click below to request a consultation with Dr. Trace Curry! For your convenience we have offices in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Columbus, and Dayton. Virtual visits are also available for out-of-town patients through our new smartphone app, “HealthTrac“.
Cincinnati: (513) 559-1222 Northern Ky: (859) 331-1035
Columbus: (614) 526-4463 Dayton: (937) 280-LOSE
*Individual results may vary.