Noninvasive procedures for weight loss
Intra-gastric balloon therapy
Georgia Surgicare’s Advanced Weight Loss Center offers several non-surgical weight loss procedures. Patient can lose weight without the surgery with the intragastric weight loss balloon procedure.This procedure involves either fluid- or gas-filled balloons and is approved for patients with a body mass index of 30 to 40. Furthermore,fluid-filled balloons are placed by the guidance of a tiny camera from a patient’s mouth into the stomach. Once the balloon has been advanced, a physician uses the camera to accurately position the balloon and fill it with a safe saline solution. Through this space-occupying device, the patient’s stomach size is decreased, which limits food consumption. Subsquently, gas-filled balloons are also available, and up to three are sequentially swallowed by the patient over several weeks before being removed endoscopically. This procedure is also reversible. The balloons are only intended to be left in place for six months before their removal.
“Overall, this efficient outpatient procedure only takes about 30 minutes. These balloons seem to work by delaying gastric emptying, which leads to an increase in satiety.” Dr.Chris, Ibikunle,MD FACS –
Gastric Balloons offered at Georgia Surgicare
Similar to a traditional surgical sleeve gastrectomy procedure, in which a physician sutures a patient’s stomach to make it smaller, an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is performed via an upper endoscopy without an incision. Furthermore, a thin tube is inserted in the patient’s mouth and then led into the stomach. Moreover,“Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is an incisionless, minimally invasive approach to meaningful weight loss,” Dr.Chris Ibikunle says. “This procedure has a low complication rate and may be an option for sustained weight loss in patients who are not surgical candidates or who do not wish to pursue surgery.” In conclusion, Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasties are intended for patients with a BMI greater than 30.