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Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Balloons in Maryland

 

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page about gastric balloons in Maryland. If you’re considering this non-surgical weight loss option, you likely have questions. We’re here to provide answers and help you make informed decisions about your health and weight loss journey. Explore the comprehensive information below to learn more about gastric balloons, their benefits, costs, and much more. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to reach out for personalized guidance. Your path to a healthier, happier you begins here.

WHAT IS A GASTRIC BALLOON?
A gastric balloon is a non-surgical and short-term (temporary) weight loss device. A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of an grapefruit) is placed in your stomach, allowing you to control your portion sizes by filling space in your stomach. By following professional health and wellness advice, you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN I LOSE WITH ORBERA BALLOON?

Weight loss is rapid with the Orbera balloon, with most weight loss occurring in the first 3-4 months. It is important for you to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. Clinical studies have shown that people lose an average of 13% of their body weight at 6 months. On average, patients lost 3.1x the weight of those who were on a diet and exercise program alone.

HOW DO GASTRIC BALLOONS HELP PEOPLE LOSE WEIGHT?
Once in place, the gastric balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that they may consume smaller portions of food. Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the gastric balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long term.
DO I QUALIFY FOR ORBERA BALLOON?

To qualify for Orbera Balloon, you must be an adult, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40, and be willing to participate in a medically supervised program. If you have a BMI between 25 and 30, you may still qualify for the Orbera balloon placement but we will review your case and make sure gastric balloon is appropriate for you. You do not qualify for Orbera if you have had prior stomach or bariatric surgery, including hiatal hernia repair, lap band, or gastric bypass. You do not qualify for Orbera if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

DOES INSURANCE COVER GASTRIC BALLOON?

Insurance does NOT cover the ORBERA balloon, but we do offer financing options.

HOW LONG DOES THE GASTRIC BALLOON PROCEDURE TAKE?

Both the balloon insertion and removal of the gastric balloon take approximately 20 minutes.

HOW IS THE GASTRIC BALLOON DIFFERENT THAN BARIATRIC SURGERY?

Orbera balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure, which means no incisions, stitches, or scars. The procedure does not alter your anatomy. It is an outpatient procedure that takes about 20 minutes; people go home the same day. The gastric balloon placement and removal are typically performed under sedation, not general anesthesia (no breathing machine is required). And, most importantly, the gastric balloon is in place only temporarily, as opposed to permanent surgical alterations.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE THE BALLOON IN THE STOMACH FOR WEIGHT LOSS?

Many people say it feels like they have eaten a large meal immediately after the procedure. In the first few days after placement of the gastric balloon in the stomach for weight loss, your body adjusts to the balloon. You might feel sick for a few days as you get used to the Orbera balloon, but your doctor can prescribe medication that will help you proactively manage these symptoms. After a few weeks, the ability to “tell” where the gastric balloon is, goes away. It is not noticeable during exercise, and it is not visible from the outside.

HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO COME IN TO THE OFFICE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Your physician will see you approximately 1-2 weeks after your gastric balloon is placed. You will meet with your dietitian once a month for the entire 12-month treatment program. These sessions are typically conducted via secure video conference (telemedicine) from the comfort of your home. Your physician will be available to see you throughout the treatment period, though we do not require office visits on a set schedule.

WILL I GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK AFTER REMOVING THE ORBERA BALLOON?
Published clinical studies of Orbera have shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will maintain weight loss through dieting post-removal. So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.
ARE GASTRIC BALLOONS SAFE?
Gastric balloons have been used in the management of obesity for over 20 years. Over this time they have evolved in shape, size, and design resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Nearly 300,000 Orbera balloons have been distributed worldwide.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE GASTRIC BALLOON?
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. In some patients it may last one to two weeks. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. You will need to immediately contact your doctor for any severe or unusual symptoms. The risk of a serious side effect is about 1 in 10,000. Potential serious side effects include stomach ulceration, balloon deflation, bowel obstruction, intestinal perforation, and death.
CAN THE BALLOON INJURE MY STOMACH?
The Orbera balloon is constructed from a very smooth and soft silicone material to minimize the risk of irritating the stomach wall. You will also be prescribed medicines that will reduce the acidity in your stomach and help protect your stomach wall. Patients with prior stomach surgery are not eligible for the procedure because of a higher risk of the balloon causing a perforation in the stomach. Some patients without prior stomach surgery have also had stomach perforations but this is typically following extended periods of side effects. Patients should be advised to immediately contact their physician for any unusually severe, worsening, or recurrent symptoms lasting longer than two weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ORBERA BALLOON LEAKS OR DEFLATES IN THE STOMACH?
Orbera has been reviewed in over 250 published global clinical papers, and a balloon deflation or leak is a very rare event. However, if the balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your doctor immediately. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether either has occurred. If it has, your doctor will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.
HOW MANY GASTRIC BALLOONS HAVE DEFLATED IN THE STOMACH?

Intragastric balloon deflation is a rare event, typically related to a balloon that has been in the stomach for over 6 months. This event is estimated to occur in less than 0.3% of patients (3 out of every 1000 patients). You will be required to have the balloon removed at 6 months.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT THE BALLOON HAS DEFLATED?
In the unlikely event that your Orbera balloon should deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If the balloon were to leave your stomach and enter the small intestine, you could develop symptoms of bowel obstruction, including pain, nausea, and vomiting. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your doctor immediately. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether this has occurred. If it has, your doctor will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.
DO YOU PERFORM GASTRIC BALLOON SURGERY NEAR ME?

We offer gastric balloon placement in Maryland in two convenient locations Rockville and Frederick. If you are looking for gastric balloon placement near me, look no more. Contact us today and we will make the process as easy as possible. You only need to come to our facility for your intragastric balloon placement. 

WHERE DO YOU PERFORM GASTRIC BALLOON IN FREDERICK, MD?

We offer gastric balloon placement at the GI Wellness Center of Frederick: 165 Thomas Johnson Dr, Frederick, MD 21702. We place both the Orbera balloon and the Spatz balloon at the Frederick location. The surgery center is easily accessible for patients coming from Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well. 

WHERE DO YOU PERFORM GASTRIC BALLOON IN ROCKVILLE, MD?

We offer gastric balloon placement at Maryland Surgery Center: 11400 Rockville Pike C25, Rockville, MD 20852. We place both the Orbera balloon and the Spatz balloon at the Rockville location. The surgery center is conveniently located in the North Bethesda area. It is easily accessible for patients coming from Washington DC, or northern Virginia. 

CAN I TRAVEL FROM OUT OF STATE TO GET MY GASTRIC BALLOON IN MARYLAND?

Sure! We have many patients who come to us from all over the US to get their weight loss procedures including the gastric balloon in Maryland. We are located in Rockville, Maryland; a location easily accessible from three major airports: Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Baltimore Washington International Airport. 

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO STAY IN MARYLAND AFTER GASTRIC BALLOON PLACEMENT?

If you are coming from out of town, we ask you to stay in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for one day after your gastric balloon placement. We will see you the next day after your gastric balloon procedure and then you can fly back home.