Are you struggling with the effects of obesity, but not comfortable committing to a surgical weight loss procedure?
The innovative gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical bariatric treatment that can help you experience dramatic weight loss.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent was one of the first doctors in the Houston, TX, area to offer the gastric balloon. Could it be right for you?
What Is a Gastric Balloon?
A gastric balloon (also called an intragastric balloon) is a silicone balloon that is inflated in a patient's stomach. When the balloon is inflated it takes up a significant amount of room, which allows patients to feel full after eating less food. As patients consume fewer calories thanks to their reduced appetites, they can begin to experience healthy weight loss.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Benefits of Gastric Balloon Treatment
The gastric balloon procedure is non-surgical. It requires no incisions and does not alter your stomach or any other organs in any way.
The balloons are made of a safe silicone material and filled with harmless saline. Side effects are minimal and serious complications are rare.
When accompanied by a disciplined diet and exercise routine, gastric balloon treatment can help patients experience life-changing weight loss.
Comprehensive Weight Loss Treatment Schedule a Consultation Today
At Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, TX, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and his team offer comprehensive treatment that helps patients obtain and maintain long-term weight loss. In addition to several types of bariatric surgery, Dr. St. Laurent is proud to be one of the first doctors in the Houston area to offer the non-surgical gastric balloon procedure.
When you come to Northwest EndoSurgical, you receive so much more than a single weight loss procedure. Our staff includes bariatric-trained dietitians that help patients develop nutritious eating habits, a board-certified internist and pulmonologist, and certified professional counselors that help our patients address the mental and emotional aspects of obesity. We are invested in your success, and we will go above and beyond both before and after your procedure to help you achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle.
If you are considering an intragastric balloon, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our practice today. We offer balloons from both major American manufacturers, Orbera® and Obalon, and we offer competitive pricing along with flexible financing through CareCredit®, American Healthcare Lending, or United Medical Credit. You can schedule a consultation by filling out an online form or calling
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The Staff at Northwest Endo Surgical are courteous, professional and very friendly. They really work hard with you at every step to ensure you feel informed and confident in your care. Dr. St. Laurent is awesome. From the seminar to my first consultation, the information he lays out in great detail will really help you make the right decision for yourself. And they are so helpful...SO Helpful. I know am in good hands when dealing with Dr. St. Laurent and his staff.
This place is awesome and I'm very happy with my choice to go with them. The doctor was very thorough in explaining everything. I especially liked that he didn't want to know what my "choice" was and talked about the pros/cons and prices for each one. He made my wife and I very comfortable for my upcoming surgery!
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Gastric Balloon: a Non-Surgical Option for Weight Loss
Learn More Is the Balloon Right for Me?
If you're looking for a bariatric surgery alternative and live in the Houston area, Dr. St. Laurent and his team can help. Contact our practice online to begin your weight loss journey with an intragastric balloon.
Patient Satisfaction Reviews from the Greater Houston Area
Dr Matthew St. Laurent and his staff are simply the best. He is the go to for Bariatric surgeon. He makes you feel comfortable and confident. His staff is so helpful and when I was scared or had questions they are supportive and caring. Dr St. Laurent is the most kindest Doctor I have ever met, and as a EMT in the medical field I know my share of doctors. His bed side matter is amazing and on the day of surgery he was compassionate and caring. He has This demeanor about him that lets you know you’re in good hands. I recommend him to anyone who is looking to get any bariatric surgery he is the best and you won’t regret it....
Simply speaking to him created an immediate personal connection and a sense of understanding of my situation. He reinforced the ideals of the basics, diet, movement, and activity. He explained so much more that the previous Dr ever did. He didn't treat me like just another number on a folder. That goes a long way.
Comparing Weight Loss Procedures Gastric Balloon vs. Weight Loss Surgery
The team at Northwest EndoSurgical has created a series of convenient tables that compare the pros and cons of the different weight loss procedures we offer. We hope this provides an overview of the key advantages and disadvantages of each bariatric procedure, promoting additional insight into your options for weight loss.
If you have any additional questions, Dr. St. Laurent can go over these matters with you in greater detail during the consultation process.
Are You Ready for Dramatic Results?
Since the balloon can be deflated with ease, it's a safe, reversible, and quick option for losing weight.
FAQs About the Gastric Balloon
Is the gastric balloon procedure reversible?Yes. Dr. St. Laurent can safely and easily deflate the intragastric balloon. This simplicity is one of the key advantages of this non-surgical weight loss option.
Is it painful to get a gastric balloon?Getting an intragastric balloon is not painful. However, some patients report cramping and discomfort from the balloon in the first few days after it's been inflated. This is a temporary side effect and can be managed by following our instructions for aftercare.
How much weight can I lose with a gastric balloon?While results vary, patients can lose almost half of their excess body weight six months after the gastric balloon procedure. Patients are more likely to experience optimal weight loss results by also eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
What can I eat after getting a gastric balloon?In the first month after the balloon procedure, patients will follow a routine bariatric surgery diet, with an all-liquid diet for the first week and a slow reintroduction of solid foods in the weeks that follow. This promotes weight loss and helps prevent severe side effects after balloon placement.
What other diet changes will I need to make after getting a gastric balloon?
After the initial transitional diet, patients can eat many of their favorite foods, though we recommend the following to ensure comfortable, gradual, and sustainable weight loss:
- Savor your food and chew thoroughly
- Avoid carbonated and alcoholic beverages
- Reduce your caffeine intake
- Reduce carbohydrate consumption
- Hydrate in between meals