Bariatric Surgeon & Medical Weight Loss Physician located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX
When diet and exercise just don’t do enough, or when you’d like a weight loss jumpstart, a gastric balloon could be the solution you need. At NuSelf Bariatrics in Austin and Cedar Park, Texas, the gastric balloon process is simple and easy: you just swallow a pill and then return to your normal daily routine. Top bariatric specialist Sashi Ganta, MD, may be the only Austin-area provider to offer this innovative weight loss solution, so when you come to NuSelf Bariatrics you get care from the leading expert. Book your consultation online or by phone now.
Gastric Balloon Q & A
What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon procedure is a way to reduce your stomach space, allowing for significant weight loss without surgery. NuSelf Bariatrics uses the innovative Obalon® gastric balloon system because it only requires you to swallow a pill in the office. There's no sedation needed, and the process takes just 10 minutes at NuSelf Bariatrics.
Is a gastric balloon right for me?
The best way to find out if a gastric balloon is the right weight-loss solution for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ganta at NuSelf Bariatrics. Ideal candidates have a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40 and are ready to commit to a lifestyle change.
If you decide to proceed with a gastric balloon procedure, you’ll return on a different day for the appointment.
How does the gastric balloon system work?
During your office visit, you swallow a pill that contains the tiny silicone balloon. Dr. Ganta monitors the balloon via X-ray to ensure that it's in the proper place. You'll have two additional appointments, a few weeks apart, to get a total of three balloons. Dr. Ganta inflates each balloon at the time of insertion using a special gas mixture.
The balloons expand inside your stomach, taking up space and helping you eat dramatically less. Over the next six months, you'll follow the NuSelf Bariatrics lifestyle program to lose weight in a healthy and comfortable way.
After six months, Dr. Ganta removes the balloons endoscopically while you're under sedation. Recovery after balloon removal takes less than one day.
How does Obalon compare to other gastric balloons?
Patient comfort and convenience is a top priority at NuSelf Bariatrics, which is why Dr. Ganta has chosen to use Obalon. It's the only FDA-approved gastric balloon in an easy-to-ingest capsule form.
The other types of gastric balloons require endoscopic insertion and sedation. They’re also filled with saline, which is more likely to cause nausea and balloon intolerance. Most patients tolerate the gas-filled Obalon balloons quite comfortably and get excellent long-term results.
After balloon removal, clinical trials show that the majority of patients using Obalon maintain their new weight or lose even more weight.
Is Obalon better than diet and exercise alone?
Clinical studies show that by participating in a comprehensive program including the Obalon balloon and lifestyle changes, you can lose about twice as much weight as you would with diet and exercise alone. If you’re motivated and dedicated, Obalon can yield amazing results.
Book your gastric balloon consultation at NuSelf Bariatrics online or by phone now.