Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures
If you are looking for an alternative to traditional bariatric surgery, Dr. H. Joseph Naim also offers non-surgical weight loss procedures at his Los Angeles, Orange County, and Long Beach, CA, practices. At Advance Bariatric Center, Dr. Naim can evaluate your goals, health, and lifestyle to determine if the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon or ReShape™ Weight Loss program or even the Swallow-able Intragastric balloon system (Obalon) are right for you.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options
The ORBERA Intragastric Balloon and ReShape Weight Loss program work similarly. During both treatments, Dr. Naim will insert a small, inflatable balloon into your stomach. He will place it through your mouth using an endoscope, which is a small camera attached to the end of a flexible tube. The treatment will not require incisions, sutures, or a prolonged recovery period. Once the balloon is in place, the doctor will fill it with a saline solution, causing it to expand. Accordingly, you will have less room in your stomach, which can help you feel full much faster. The balloon will remain in place for six months. To ensure the best possible results, it is important to follow a strict diet and exercise routine during this time, as advised by Dr. Naim.
Placing the device requires no incisions or sutures.
If you have a BMI between 30 and 40 and also suffer from a weight-related condition, non-surgical weight loss treatment may be right for you. For instance, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, you may be a better candidate for an intragastric balloon than for surgery. To qualify, you should have already tried more conservative weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise.
ORBERA reports that an intragastric balloon can help you lose up to 3.1 times more weight than diet and exercise alone.
ORBERA or ReShape can also be appropriate if you simply do not wish to undergo surgery. However, it is important to understand that these treatments are not usually as effective for patients with a BMI over 40.
Advantages of Non-Surgical Treatment
There are a number of reasons to consider non-surgical weight loss:
- Both treatments are quick and require very little downtime. Placement usually takes about half an hour, and you can return home the same day.
- You will not have any scarring.
- ORBERA reports that intragastric balloons can help you lose up to 3.1 times more weight than you could through diet and exercise alone.
- Because your treatment will include nutrition counseling, you can learn effective ways to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life.
Of course, as with all medical treatments, there are some risks associated with ORBERA and ReShape. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux. These symptoms usually subside once the body adjusts to the balloon. If necessary, Dr. Naim can easily remove the device. It is important to understand that individual weight loss results will vary.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Naim will conduct a detailed examination to determine if either of these non-surgical weight loss solutions are right for you. Contact us online or call us at (310) 684-4070 to schedule a consultation. We have four offices throughout the great Los Angeles area to serve you.