For patients looking for a less invasive solution, or have as little as 30 pounds to lose, the endoscopic balloon may be an option for you. The intragastric balloon received FDA approval in the United States and has been performed more than 220,000 times worldwide over the last 20 years. At the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman, Dr. Heider is one of the first in North Carolina to perform this procedure.
How It Works
Patients are often relieved to learn that the balloon does not require any incisions and can be inserted under mild sedation. The balloon is inserted endoscopically (through the mouth), placed in the stomach, and then filled with sterile saline. The volume of the newly placed balloon occupies a large part of the stomach, creating a sense of fullness after consuming much less food.
The balloon is a part of a one year program of dietary modified, exercise, and education design to promote long term maintenance of weight loss. The balloon is left in the stomach for 6 months, at which point it is removed.
Most of the weight loss occurs in the first three months. During the six month course of treatment with the balloon in place, as well as the second month period after balloon removal, patients will undergo lifestyle and behavior modification that will train their minds and bodies to keep the weight off.
- After six months with the balloon two-part program, people lost an average of 3.1 times more weight than other patients lost with diet & exercise alone.
- Custom support provided by team experts.
- Learn healthy habits to help you keep the weight off even after the balloon is removed.
- More than 20-year history of helping thousands of people lose weight, with more than 220,000 devices implanted worldwide in over 80 countries.
Take the Next Step
We offer a free informational seminar to help you determine if this gastric balloon procedure is the right option for you. During the seminar, you will meet Dr. Heider and members of his weight-loss team, ask questions and get answers regarding this minimally invasive procedure.