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Lose 20 Pounds or More Safely with This Newly Approved Weight Loss Procedure

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New approved weight loss procedure

Are you looking to lose 20-40 pounds in 6 months without having to go under the knife with bariatric surgery? Here is the latest on an FDA-approved weight loss procedure that can give you a jump start on your weight loss success.


It’s the latest in weight loss management in the U.S.—inserting a balloon into your stomach to lose weight. Although gastric balloon assisted weight loss has been around for a number of years in Europe, it is just now approved by the FDA for use by doctors on their patients who want to lose weight, but do not qualify as obese enough to warrant bariatric surgery.

“The FDA finally approved a balloon that we can place in the stomach to help jump start a patient’s weight loss,” says Dr. Nestor de la Cruz-Munoz, chief bariatric surgeon at University of Miami Health System for a recent CBS News report in Miami, Florida.

The procedure is called “ORBERA” and involves endoscopically inserting a small, soft silicon balloon in its deflated state, after which it is inflated with either air or sterile saline. The inflated balloon decreases the free space available for food while eating; and thereby, provides the patient a feeling of fullness without the extra calories from food. The benefit of this method is that unlike the more typical gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy methods, the patients do not have to go under the knife and undergo permanent surgical alteration of their digestive tract.

In fact, a patient can go home the same day following the procedure.

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“It’s a very low risk procedure, easily placed, people won’t miss time at work and they will be able to get back to their lives right away,” said de la Cruz-Munoz.

But it’s more than just inflating a balloon and waiting for the pounds to drop. The Orbera plan is to have the balloon inserted, inflated and supplemented with counseling to help patients learn to manage their weight after the balloon is removed six months later.

“…they work with us, with our nutritionists and with our therapists, to make sure they are doing the right things to make these weight loss outcomes go long term,” said Dr. de la Cruz-Munoz. “So I think this is a huge step forward for the people of Florida.”

For more about new ways to lose weight without resorting to typical bariatric surgery, here’s an informative article about a study from the Journal of Obesity that recommends a pacemaker-like device for weight loss.

Reference: Gastric Balloon Could Inflate Your Weight-Loss Success.” CBS affiliate station in Miami, FL.



Have any patients kept the weight off after a year or two of removing the balloon? Do most patients keep off the weight or gain the weight back in a matter of five years.