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The Orbera Intragastric Balloon: A non-surgical weight loss solution

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The Orbera Intragastric Balloon: A non-surgical weight loss solution

Doctor Luciano Fiszer, is a general, board-certified surgeon who specializes in non-invasive treatments for among other things, the treatment of weight loss. Located in Miami Doctor Fiszer has spent 10 years performing surgery procedures that help his patients finally lose their excess weight when diet and exercise have failed. One of the most popular surgery techniques Dr. Fiszer performs in his Miami Office, often with rather dramatic weight loss results, is commonly known as the Orbera Intragastric Baloon. So a few questions are in order.

First, is the Orbera Intragastric Balloon Technichue safe?
The answer is decidedly yes. Unlike other, more drastic weight loss solutions, in this technique, your surgeon inserts a small balloon inside your stomach. Because the balloon is inserted for only a 6-month period, there are relatively few if any side effects. Relatively new, Dr. Fiszer has performed countless number of these procedures with no problems. Patients may experience mild gastrointestinal symptoms, but they are very mild.

Secondly, patients want to know how much weight they can lose with the procedure.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a nationally recognized hospital, those who undergo the Orbera Intragastric Balloon procedure typically lose up to 10 percent of their total weight, or up to 30 percent of their excess weight. This procedure, although not for everyone, can be a literal lifesaver for many men and women who have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise. According to Scientific American, roughly 80 percent of people who are able to shed their weight through diet and exercise alone regain that weight within 12 months. On the other hand, the Orbera Intragastric balloon fills the stomach up while it is inserted, and more importantly, our brain develops new signals that tell the stomach that we are full, important signals that most people have bypassed over years of mindless eating.

There have been countless people who have undergone the procedure, including some famous ones, and this procedure is the safest, non-surgical technique available for helping people shed excess weight. The procedure takes only about 20 or 30 minutes, and using a medical instrument called an endoscopist, while you are under mild sedation, Dr. Fiszer will insert the balloon in your stomach and fill it up with saline water. The balloon fills about one-third of your stomach, which is enough to allow most people to fill quite full easily while eating, and the body and brain thus learn to be in sync as you shed weight.

How long does the balloon last?
Theoretically, Intragastric balloons would last for years, but through cautious experimentation, the originators of the technique, which has FDA approval, generally they are inserted only for around six months. After that, Dr. Fiszer will schedule you for an appointment, again under a mild anesthetic, and remove the balloon. Again, the procedure itself takes only a few minutes.

How successful is the Oberala Balloon technique?
Clinical results show that the Oberala Balloon technique can not only help people lose up to 30 percent of their excess weight but afterwards, keep it off for at least a year. Dr. Fiszer is quite honest in his consultations that you, the patient, must learn to treat eating differently after the technique is done, otherwise, it is quite possible to regain the weight loss. However, this is not only one of the safest surgical weight loss techniques out there, but the vast majority of patients do learn a new form of eating as their brains are now in sync with their body’s sense of fullness.

What is within the balloon inserted in your stomach through the procedure?
While some surgeons do insert gas into the balloon, in general, your gastric balloon is filled with saline. Thus, if the balloon somehow bursts, such as in a hard fall or an automobile accident, the worst result is that your stomach experiences harmless, easily absorbed saline, so nothing can be safer. Dr. Fiszer stands ready in the Miami area to give each potential new patient a thorough consultation on the Orbera Intragastric Baloon technique, the advantages, the safety, any possible mild discomfort symptoms you may experience, as well as how exactly he and his staff will lead you to a successful result months after the technique has been done. Contact us to schedule  an appointment today.

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