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Gastric Balloon Now A Weight Loss Option at St. Charles

St. Charles Hospital’s Weight Loss Surgery Center is one of the first on Long Island where patients can choose the gastric balloon, a new, FDA-Approved nonsurgical weight loss option for adults who must lose 50-75 pounds but do not medically qualify for bariatric surgery.

“Results have shown that the gastric balloon can help patients shed up to 33% of their excess weight, but I have had patients lose substantially more,” said John Angstadt, MD, bariatric surgeon, St. Charles Hospital. “This is a viable solution for patients who have tried weight loss shakes or other temporary programs only to put the weight back on.”

The gastric balloon is an option for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 and no other co-morbidities, which are conditions associated with obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, hypertension or osteoarthritis.

“These are the “in between” patients who need more help than medically supervised weight loss alone can provide,” explained Dr. Angstadt.

The gastric balloon procedure is performed endoscopically, meaning that physicians use an ultra thin tube to insert the balloon into the patient’s stomach via the mouth, rather than making incisions. The balloon is then filled with fluid, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and helping patients to feel fuller sooner when eating. The procedure lasts approximately 15 minutes and patients can return home the same day. The balloon is deflated and removed after six months, at which point patients continue working with a registered dietitian for another six months to maintain weight loss.

“The procedure itself is straight forward. For optimum results, it is important that our patients have strong pre and post-operative care, including regular physician consultation, nutritional counseling and peer support,” explained Dr. Angstadt. “Our program offers all this with the same compassionate care which has distinguished St. Charles Hospital for more than a century.”

For more information about the gastric balloon and weight loss options available through St. Charles Hospital’s Weight Loss Surgery Center, please call (631) 474-6797.