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Obesity has been linked to a variety of serious medical conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease and kidney problems. For some people struggling with obesity diet and exercise simply aren’t enough to fully address their weight loss efforts.

With some of these patients augmenting the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle might also call for installing an intragastric balloon into their stomach. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this treatment plan isn’t right for everyone. It is primarily intended to help patients with a body mass index between 30 and 40 who have not had a stomach or esophageal procedures in the past.

Dr. Tomas Birriel and the specialists at his clinic in Morgan City, Louisiana, can typically install an intragastric balloon in a single outpatient appointment. The procedure involves inserting a balloon into the stomach to reduce the available volume.

To do this he inserts a catheter loaded with the intragastric balloon. It is then filled with a safe saline solution. The presence of the expanded balloon can help satiate feelings of hunger which causes you to feel full after consuming a small volume of food.

It’s important to note that the intragastric balloon is only intended to mimic feelings of satiation. It is not an effective treatment plan for any existing medical conditions. With the guidance of your primary physician, improvements in food choices and regular exercise you should be able to lose a significant amount of weight.

If you are interested in learned more about intragastric balloons, we encourage you to call our office at 985-384-7173 to speak to a staff member at Dr. Birriel’s clinic in Morgan City, Louisiana.