Obalon Balloon Surgery Plano TX

OBALON BALLOON SURGERY (PLANO TX)

INTRODUCTION

According to studies released in August last year, Texas boasts the eighth-highest adult obesity rate in the country and the figures keep rising every year. The culprit, of course, is the fat-rich diet that makes up the staples of the state, which while they are delicious are also fattening.

The gastric balloon procedure is an alternative weight loss procedure for obese patients (body mass index more than 30-40 kg/m²). There are several different types of gastric balloons available, including the improved Obalon balloon, which is readily available in the Bagshahi Clinic in Plano, Texas.

This procedure uses inflated silicon balloons placed into the stomach to reduce the space in the stomach and therefore ensure that there is less room for food. There is a faster feeling of fullness when patients who have undergone the procedure eat, and this causes them to eat less.

PROCEDURE

  • The patient swallows the Obalon silicon balloon, which is made like a modified capsule.
  • Obalon’s balloon is a three-balloon system (swallowed one at a time over no more than three months). After the patient has swallowed the first balloon, it is gently inflated with medical gas. This procedure only takes a few minutes and is an outpatient procedure.

The removal of the balloons is done not more than six months after the first balloon was inserted.

PRE-SURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS

At the Bagshahi clinic, the trained specialist will take a thorough medical examination and medical history of the patient before approval for the balloon insertion. The patient’s weight, diet, and history of illness are taken into consideration when qualifying a patient. All the aforementioned information can help the surgeon to predict a success rate and propose a workable diet, exercise and lifestyle change plan for the patient.

In Plano Texas, most insurance companies do not cover gastric balloon procedure, so the patient should be aware of the monetary considerations.

ADVANTAGES

  • An average of 30% of excess body weight is shed within six months. In some patients, the figures are even higher.
  • It ensures a more naturally progressing weight loss process for the patient, as opposed to the more extreme weight loss that can be obtained by surgical procedures. In addition, the patient is learning to modify their lifestyle to lose more weight as time passes. This makes for a healthier lifestyle in the long run.
  • This procedure is not a fix all; it is supposed to help the patient lose weight while also giving them time to incorporate a healthy and strict diet and exercise regimen into their lifestyle. Some patients will also need behavioural modification to treat overeating and bingeing impulses.
  • The procedure can also be a pre-operative procedure for patients who want to go through surgical weight loss. Weight reduction surgery is much more successful in patients who weigh less, and so losing some of the body’s mass before undergoing weight loss surgery ensures fewer complications for the patient.
  • Obesity-related conditions like diabetes, osteoarthropathy and hyperlipidemia have shown a progressive improvement with the gastric balloon procedure. The patient’s weight loss means that there will be an attendant decrease in fat and mass on the joints and bones, and the quality of life of the patient is improved.
  • In fact, the procedure is linked to all-round healthier patients, as far as they stick to a healthy lifestyle.

SIDE EFFECTS

There are generally very few side effects with this procedure. Some patients have complained of cramping and discomfort after the balloons have been inserted, but it usually goes away in a few days when the body has adjusted to the balloon.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Patients with a body mass index less than 30-40 kg/m² need not go through this procedure.
  • The obalon balloon does not preclude the patient from a strict diet and exercise regimen; in fact, dieting and exercise is strictly adhered to.
  • Prior surgery for weight loss disqualifies a patient from going through this procedure.
  • Patients who go through this procedure must take the acid-blocking medication prescribed by their physicians daily.
  • The balloon must be removed after not more than six months of installation.

COMPLICATIONS

  • The balloon might deflate and cause and obstruction. Patients experiencing loss of fullness, increased hunger, or nausea and cramping after the initial placement should contact their doctor as these could be indications of a balloon deflation.
  • Some patients might develop ulcers. Anti-acid medication is prescribed as a precaution to patients who have undergone this procedure.
  • Balloon might be overinflated and cause a push back on other organs. This can be easily remedied by removing the balloon.

Doctor: Dr. Bagshahi

Phone: (817) 250-6210

Geolocation: Plano, TX

 

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