Gastric Balloon Houston
Reshape Intragastric balloon
Dr. Chaudhry performs the gastric balloon in Houston using the Reshape intragastric balloon procedure. Dr. Chaudhry and the team at Advanced Houston Surgical are highly trained professionals who are ready to assist throughout your weight loss journey, and hope to help you reach your overall weight loss and health goals.
The ReShape intragastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical, non-anatomy altering, outpatient procedure designed to help people lose weight.
Steps to the ReShape intragastric balloon procedure:
- Place the patient under anesthesia
- Use an endoscopic camera to view the stomach before placing in the balloons
- Place two connected balloons in the stomach endoscopically (no incisions required)
- Fill balloons with saline (salt and water mixture)
- Remove endoscopic tube from stomach while leaving inflated balloons in place
The procedure takes about 20 minutes and you will be ready to go home within 20 minutes after your procedure. The balloon is removed in a similar endoscopic fashion 6 months later.
The Reshape intragastric balloon procedure is intended for people trying to lose between 20-40 pounds who are usually within the 30-40 BMI range. The balloons are left in the stomach for 6 months to help reduce hunger, so you feel satisfied with smaller portions. This method helps to retrain how you look at food and clears a path for better eating habits going forward.
Dr. Chaudhry will follow-up with you on a monthly basis to track your progress. You will also be given access to an online patient portal to chart your progress, share weight, activity and food data with your online coach.
Care after Reshape balloon procedure
Immediately after gastric balloon in Houston procedure is over, you will be restricted to a liquid or fluids only diet. This means food and drinks such as broth, water, light juices, and decaffeinated teas. Anything heavier should be avoided as you want to give your stomach time to adjust to the new change within your body. Drink slowly and don’t overdo it.
Another restriction that may be more difficult for some rather than others is to stay away from caffeine until your body can completely adjust. Staying away from coffee, tea, and other items with heavy amount of caffeine in them can help you avoid internal problems like bloating and abdominal discomfort. This rule also applies for bubbly or carbonated drinks like sparkling water and soda. Stick to water or decaffeinated teas for maximum comfort.
Following a few more days after your procedure, you may be able to eat foods that are a bit thicker in consistency. This section of your diet may include skim or 1% milk, completely smooth yogurt, light soups, and other soft foods that would be easy to swallow. Eat slow and pay attention to how full your body feels after each bite. Listen to your body and stop eating when you feel satisfied.
After about a week or more you should be able to eat soft foods that have some more substance like eggs, fish, tofu, cottage cheese, custard, and light meats like canned tuna or thin sliced deli meat. Again, be sure to listen to your body, eat slowly, and stop eating when you feel full.
Moving forward, map out healthier meal options for you and your new food lifestyle. Revolve your meals around foods that will nourish your body for the better, and stay away from foods full of sugar. Hydrate with water as much as possible to keep your body healthy and follow the instructions of Dr. Chaudhry and your Registered Dietician.