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The daily challenges of being overweight are more than an inconvenience.  Obesity is a disease and contributes to a number of health-related risks such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.  Have you struggled with other weight-loss methods with no success?

 

Bhatti Medical Weight Loss Center offers three non-surgical weight loss procedures that may be right for you:

 

Orbera Weight Loss Balloon

Orbera Balloon Hands

The Orbera Balloon is a non-surgical weight loss option for adults suffering from obesity with a BMI of 30 to 40.  Orbera helps patients lose 3x the weight of diet and exercise alone.   Bhatti GI is one of the only Orbera specialists in the upper midwest.

 

Non-Anatomy Altering

Unlike weight-loss surgeries, Orbera is not a permanent implant and does not permanently reroute your digestive system.  We will gently insert a single balloon through your mouth (endoscopically), with no incisions or scars.  The device is removed after six months with the same endoscopic method.

 

Outpatient Procedure

Insertion of the balloon is completed in about 15 minutes, with no hospital stay required.  You can get in and out and on your way to weight loss.

 

How the Orbera Ballon Helps to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Orbera helps patients lose 3x the weight of diet and exercise alone.Orbera is the global leading weight loss balloon and has helped thousands of people meet their weight loss goals for over 20 years.  The device takes up room in your stomach so there's less space for food and you feel satisfied longer and is well tolerated in the majority of patients.

 

How it Works

  • Deflated Orbera balloon is inserted through your mouth and into your stomach
  • The balloon is then filled with a sterile saline solution to the size of a grapefruit
  • The balloon takes up enough space in your stomach to help you adapt to healthier portion sizesOrbera Photo
  • The balloon is removed six months later with a non-surgical procedure

 

Follow-Up

  • Bhatti GI provides complimentary monthly follow-up consultations to give you the personalized support and motivation you need to achieve your weight loss goals.
  • Bhatti GI will provide remote (online or phone) monthly follow-up consultations for those patients who don't have easy access to one of our clinics.
  • At Bhatti GI, we want to help you lose weight and keep it off.

 

Side Effects

Side effects that may result from the use of Orbera include the risks associated with any endoscopic procedure and those associated with the medications and methods used in this procedure, as well as your ability to accept a foreign object placed in your stomach.  Possible side effects include: partial bowel blockage, little or no weight loss, negative health consequences resulting from weight loss, stomach pain, continuing nausea and vomiting, abdominal or back pain, acid reflux, influence on food digestion, blockage of food going to the stomach, bacterial growth in the fluid filling the balloon which can lead to infection, injury to the lining of the digestive tract, stomach or esophagus, and balloon deflation.

 

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is an incisionless, minimally invasive weight loss procedure that reduces the length and width of the stomach cavity to facilitate weight loss.  This can be done on a natural stomach or if you have a history of gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.

 

How it Works

Sutures are placed endoscopically along the curvature of your stomach.  This creates a gastric or stomach cavity, like a gastric sleeve.  The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes 1.5-3 hours.

 

What ESG Means for Patients

ESG will decrease the side effects of long-term hypertension or high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and kidney disease.  ESG decreases the likelihood of developing diabetes, decreases your waistline, decreases the chance of developing fatty liver disease or cirrhosis, and decreases fat in your blood.

 

Weight Loss

Average body weight loss after 24 months is around 18.4%.  This may vary depending on adherence to diet, activity level, and many other factors.

 

Side Effects

Many patients complain of pain in the first few days after the procedure.  We do give you medication to control this as well as limit your diet.  Some patients experience side effects of anesthesia, including nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, scratchy throat or sleepiness.

 

Bariatric Revision Surgery

Bhatti Medical Weight Loss Center offers an endoscopic option to achieve successful re-initiation of weight loss in qualified weight loss surgery patients.  This endoscopic procedure is a safe and effective alternative to help patients achieve expected weight loss through the reduction of the enlarged stomach pouch and outlet to their original post-operative proportions.

 

How it Works

In weight loss surgery patients, weight loss can be reinitiated by renewing the restrictive component of the procedure with the addition of a gastric band around the pouch or reducing the diameter of the stoma.  This procedure is performed using a small flexible endoscope and specialized devices that allow sutures to be placed through the endoscope.  The scope and suturing devices are inserted through the mouth into the stomach pouch the same way as a standard endoscope.  Sutures are then placed around the outlet to reduce the diameter, typically from the size of a silver dollar to the size of a dime.  The same technique may then be used to place additional sutures in the stomach pouch to reduce its volume capacity.

 

Advantages of Bariatric Revision Surgery

An open weight loss revision surgery can take longer than the original weight loss procedure and patients are three times more likely to develop comlications.  Scarring and adhesions from the initial weight loss procedure often make open or laparoscopic revision surgery challenging and at times impossible.  However, an endoscopic weight loss revision procedure decreases the patient's risks when compared to open abdominal revision surgery.  Patients experience less pain, recover faster and have no abdominal scarring.  Typically, patients are discharged the day of the procedure but each case will vary based on the recommendations of our doctors.

 

 

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