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Obesity continues to be a serious problem in America. Conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and increased risk of stroke have been related to obesity or their symptoms are increased in severity. At the same time, significant long-term weight loss can prove to be a tall challenge for some individuals.

Dr. Tomas Birriel and the specialists at his Morgan City, Louisiana, clinic understand these challenges and offer some minimally invasive treatment options. One weight-loss solution that has grown in popularity because of its effectiveness is the use of an intragastric balloon.

This is a minimally invasive endoscopic treatment that inserts a balloon into the stomach to reduce its volume. This can help satiate feelings of hunger by giving you a full feeling, even if you have only eaten a small volume of food.

It’s important to keep in mind that this treatment is not right for everyone. It is largely meant for patients who are considering their first weight loss surgery who have a BMI is between 30 to 40 and have not had a stomach or esophageal procedure in the past.

An intragastric balloon will also hinge on your willingness to commit to a healthy lifestyle and regular follow-up appointments. For many people, lifestyle changes and behavioral therapy might also be called for.

If you live in the Morgan City, Louisiana, area and you are considering an intragastric balloon or other weight-loss related surgery, you should call 985-312-4774 to set up a consultation with Dr. Tomas Birriel.