A New Study Underlines the Reasons for the Popularity of Gastric Balloon Procedures, says Beverly Hills Physicians

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Patients are taking advantage of the balloon weight loss procedure for the simple reason that it works, comments the Southern California medical group on a recent article.

A gastric balloon helps to enable weight loss by reducing the appetite.

The study provides further proof of what the medical group’s physicians have seen while using the Orbera Gastric Balloon: it is a safe treatment that dramatically increases the effectiveness of weight loss efforts.

A February 6 article on Healio describes a recent review of the available data on gastric balloons for weight loss. It found that the treatments have led to significant improvements in weight loss and other health outcomes resulting from the efforts of obese patients, when compared to unassisted efforts. It also noted very few problematic results relating to the treatment. Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) says that the study provides further proof of what the medical group’s physicians have seen while using the Orbera Gastric Balloon: it is a safe treatment that dramatically increases the effectiveness of weight loss efforts.

BHP adds that gastric balloon treatments are non-surgical procedures that fill an important gap for people who are dealing with medically significant weight problems. This is because, while weight loss surgeries have been highly beneficial to numerous individuals, they are not available to people who do not meet the medical definition of severe obesity. BHP notes that the Orbera weight loss system is primarily intended for people with weight problems who nevertheless do not qualify for weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomies. Typically, people who receive gastric balloons have BMIs (body mass index) of between 30 and 40. In most cases patients lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight on average, roughly three times more than individuals who attempt to lose weight without a procedure, BHP adds.

BHP says that the procedure is performed in under an hour and involves the balloon being inserted endoscopically while the patient is under anesthesia. Once inserted, the balloon is inflated so there is significantly less room in the stomach for a period of six months. As with other weight loss procedures, the reduction of available room in the stomach makes overeating uncomfortable and reduces the patient’s appetite, making weight loss significantly less difficult. BHP adds that, as with all weight loss procedures, the balloon should not be regarded an “easy way out” and, to be successful, patients must learn to properly manage their food intake and make permanent changes to their eating and exercise habits.

BHP adds that Orbera Gastric Balloon, still relatively new in the United States, has been popular in Europe for a number of years, where it has produced consistently positive results. Individuals who would like to learn more about the various weight loss options available from BHP, as well as a range of health and beauty treatments for both women and men, are welcome to call the medical group at 800-788-1416. Readers are also welcome to visit BHP’s web site at http://www.BeverlyHillsPhysicians.com.

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