Friday, November 20th, 2015 the Dr. OZ show aired a segment titled, “What you need to know about Weight Loss Balloon Surgery.” For those of you who are not familiar with the Gastric Balloon Systems, there are two balloon systems that have been approved by the FDA: The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, approved on 7/28/2015 and the Orbera Managed Weight Loss System, approved on 8/6/2015.

The ReShape device itself is two soft connected, silicone intragastric balloons that are inserted non-surgically in a deflated state into the stomach and then inflated with sterile saline solution through a self-sealing valve once it enters the stomach. The Orbera device is also inserted non-surgically in a deflated state into the stomach; however there is only one silicone intragastric balloon.

The intragastric balloon will remain in place for a maximum of six months. During that six month period the patient will enjoy a feeling of fullness sooner and satiety will last longer after meals, which encourages portion control and helps manage hunger. In the 12 month ReShape or Orbera programs, the patient will participate in a professional support program providing personalized diet that will help to retrain the patient’s eating habits, individual exercise series, and a one-on-one motivational program including individual goal-setting and tracking meetings.

In the segment, Dr. OZ featured a patient who underwent the gastric balloon procedure two weeks previously and had already lost 13 pounds. The OZ show went on to discuss who is a good candidate for the gastric balloon procedure and stated that the patient would need to be prepared to make a major lifestyle change for a year.

Dr. Shawn Garber of New York Bariatric Group was one of the first in the U.S. to offer these procedures. As the surgeon with the most gastric balloon experience in the U.S. since its FDA approval, Dr. Garber is seeing dramatic weight loss in his patients.

“We were very excited to be one of the first practices in the USA offering this non-surgical procedure.  As part of a 12 month comprehensive program, patients are losing significant weight and learning to keep the weight off. Additionally, patients who may have been hesitant to have surgery or simply weren’t candidates for surgery now have another option.   With the most gastric balloon experience in the U.S. since FDA approval, we have seen tremendous success among our patients.  We have the ability to see patients from across the country since we can offer virtual online nutrition and fitness counseling service through Endobariatric Consultants (www.endobari.com). This makes it even more convenient to provide the aftercare to patients from the comforts of their own home.”

New York Bariatric Group consists of six of the country’s best bariatric surgeons and has been voted the #1 bariatric program in New York State for six years in a row by Health Grades. NYBG physicians are the preeminent bariatric surgeons in New York and the surrounding region. Regardless of which bariatric surgery procedure you may decide on – whether it be the ReShape Managed Weight Loss Program, LAP-BAND© Adjustable Gastric Band, revisional surgery, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass – the surgeons of New York Bariatric Group have the technology, talent, and experience to provide you with top quality surgical care.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 866-569-7049 or visit http://bariatric.stopobesityforlife.com/obesity-surgery/correcting-obesity/procedures/orbera-gastric-balloon/ or bellyballoon.com

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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