Weight Loss Balloons About To Get FDA ApprovalPosted by: Chang | Posted on: September 18, 2015
Millions of Americans continue to wage their personal wars against weight gain and obesity. Needless to say, their levels of success vary. Some successfully lose several pounds week after week while others can’t seem to shed even a single pound. If you belong to the latter, fret not because there’s hope in the form of a revolutionary weight loss device that could soon be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Said device is the intragastric balloon commonly referred to as a weight loss balloon. The device has already been tested in several states and so far the feedback have been mostly positive. Prior to being tested in the U.S., the intragastric balloon is already widely used in Brazil and several countries in Europe.
How Does A Weight Loss Balloon Work?
In the simplest of terms, a specially designed balloon is inserted to your stomach through the mouth and esophagus. It is then inflated with either saline, water, or air. What it does is that it will make your stomach feel fuller.
Logic dictates that if you feel fuller, you are going to eat less. Honestly, I had my doubts when I first heard about the procedure. However, after reading through several papers and statistics related to it, I’ve come to realize that it’s not only safe and easy, it also gets significant results. As they say, the statistics don’t lie.
The Advantages Of Using An Intragastric Balloon
- It’s not invasive. What this means is that you don’t have to go through the knife. The balloon will simply be delivered to your stomach through your mouth and esophagus using an endoscope. The whole process can take only 10 to 30 minutes. It’s not a surgery so once the balloon is lodged in your stomach and then inflated, you are good to go.
- Statistics show that weight loss percentage using the balloons range from 20% to 50%. In short, the balloons get positive results.In the trials conducted in the U.S., bariatric surgeon Dr. Tom Lavin disclosed that nearly 100% of the patients reached their weight loss goals.
- It’s safe. The balloons will simply be placed in your stomach and nothing else. There are no other strings attached. It doesn’t come with injections and other drugs. As I mentioned earlier, the balloons will be inflated with either saline, water, or air. These won’t pose any sort of danger to your health or life. Besides, the balloons will be taken off your stomach after six months.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Yes, there is but it’s trivial compared to the excess weight you are going to shed. The only significant side effect that you should worry about is the nausea you’re going to feel during the first week or so after the placement of the balloon. This can be easily treated with simple medication. Other than this, there are no other significant side effects.
In conclusion, weight loss balloons seem to be the future of weight shedding programs. The procedure is fast and easy. The side effects are trivial. It’s safe. And most important of all, it’s very effective.
For those who want to avoid having a balloon in their stomach, and want to learn how to eat right for life, I recommend Weight Watchers. A good source about this proven weight loss program was recently published.