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A New Non-Invasive Procedure to Lose Weight

January 9th 2017

Contact: Nick Paranjape, (615) 284-1210, Nick.Paranjape@STH.ORG

It's the size of a grapefruit and it can help you lose 30 to 50 pounds in 6 months.  How does it work?

The Intragastric Balloon is a non-invasive, weight loss procedure. The balloon is made of soft, durable silicone rubber. Under anesthesia, the empty balloon is passed through your mouth, down your esophagus, and into your stomach. Once in place, it is filled with saline. It then becomes about the size of a grapefruit. The filled balloon floats in your stomach and takes up space, giving the patient a feeling of fullness sooner. At six months the balloon is removed through the esophagus and mouth while the patient is under anesthesia. After removal, your surgeon will discuss your options such as continuing your healthy diet and exercise regimen, replacing your balloon with a new one after a minimum of thirty days, or potentially transitioning to a permanent weight loss surgery.

The Center for Surgical & Medical Weight Loss at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, TN is now offering this procedure led by Jamie McDowell M.D.

  • FDA approved
  • 20 year history of helping patients outside the United States
  • Lower BMI range required
  • Average excess weight loss of 38.4% at six months
  • Among the lowest complication and mortality rates
  • Less invasive, non-surgical
  • Quicker recovery
  • Reversible
  • Fewer diet restrictions
  • Lower cost if paying out of pocket
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Gastric outlet obstruction
  • Gastrointestinal perforation
  • Spontaneous deflation

To schedule an appointment:
(615) 284-2400
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