Non-surgical Bariatric Treatment for Low-BMI Patients

Many moderately obese patients struggle to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. While surgical weight loss options have advanced significantly in recent years, these surgeries are often only available to patients who are morbidly obese, with life-threatening comorbidities. In addition, these surgeries still require time commitments and hospital stays.

An endoscopic form of weight loss treatment called the gastric balloon is now available in the United States, for patients who are moderately overweight with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 without comorbidities. A soft, durable balloon is inserted through the mouth into the stomach in a 30-minute outpatient procedure under sedation. This translates to no recovery time and no scarring, since there are no incisions.

The balloon is filled with saline and takes up space in the stomach, which helps patients eat smaller meals and learn portion control. After six months, the balloon is removed through another simple procedure. The gastric balloon is combined with a comprehensive, 12-month diet and exercise plan to ensure patients can maintain their results beyond the balloon placement period. On average, patients with the balloon lose three times the weight they do with diet and exercise alone.

This treatment has been performed in Europe for many years, with over 200,000 successful placements worldwide. It may be beneficial for those patients who need to lose weight before getting procedures such as knee or hip surgery.

The Oregon Clinic is proud to be among the first physicians to provide this treatment in Oregon. If you are interested in finding out if this weight loss treatment might be right for your patient, please visit:

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