The balloon is not a permanent device. The average stomach is 1.5 L in volume and the average gastric balloon takes up close to half of that space. That leaves about 60% of your stomach available for food.Read More
- Are Removable
- Lead to 40% Excess Weight Loss First Year
- Utilize a Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Shorter Procedure Time
When an individual has a significant amount of weight to lose, it’s commonly assumed that the only way to shed the pounds in an ideal window of time is through one of the many forms of bariatric surgery. However, there are plenty of non-surgical weight loss procedures that our patients at Bariatric Associates, P.A., are finding success with on a daily basis. Here’s an in-depth look at the non-surgical bariatric procedures you may be able to take advantage of.
This procedure inserts a removable gastric balloon into the stomach using an endoscope, a tool that is shaped like a thin tube and has a light and camera on the end to guide doctors. When inflated, the balloon takes up roughly 40% of your stomach, helping you to naturally eat less and feel full and satisfied faster. While you will be slightly sedated for the procedure, it is one of the most minimally invasive medical weight loss solutions available.
Gastric balloons are typically left in the patient for six months, during which time patients are able to lose roughly three times more weight than they would with only an exercise and diet plan. Coupled with lifestyle changes, patients are able to make strides in their weight loss journey and generate momentum that will enable them to shed the pounds long after the balloon has been removed.
Another option for non-surgical weight loss procedures is the AspireAssist, a device similar to a stomach pump that only lets the body absorb about 70% of the food within the stomach. Patients are administered a mild dose of anesthesia before the FDA-approved AspireAssist device is inserted into the stomach. The entire outpatient procedure only takes about 15 minutes and does not require much recovery time at all.
Once the AspireAssist is in place, it minimizes the calories that the body absorbs by removing 30% of a patient’s eaten food from the stomach before it reaches the intestines, leading to weight loss. While it is always encouraged to make lifestyle changes on a weight loss program, the AspireAssist doesn’t require special dieting to be effective.
In fact, a clinical trial found that patients experienced up to three times more weight loss than with diet and exercise alone, with some losing 40% of their excess weight within the first year. It can be removed at any time, and not only is it less invasive than other bariatric procedures, but it’s also more affordable than weight loss surgery.
ROSE (Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) is a type of non-surgical weight loss procedure reserved for patients who have regained weight following a gastric bypass surgery. Since the stomach or stoma tends to stretch to its original size over time, ROSE procedures aim to keep a patient’s weight loss on track by using the latest surgical tools to return the stomach and stoma back to the size they were following gastric bypass surgery. This procedure is performed through the mouth and carries fewer risks in many cases than surgical weight loss procedures.
Choose Bariatric Associates, P.A.
Whether you’re searching for non-surgical weight loss procedures or are hoping to get back on track from weight gain following gastric bypass surgery, Bariatric Associates, P.A., will welcome you with open arms. Conveniently located at 101 Old Short Hills Rd in West Orange, New Jersey, we are proud to be the go-to choice for bariatric procedures in the tri-state area. For more information, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.