The skinny on balloon therapy for weight loss

If you are trying to lose weight before the holidays, it’s probably too late. But if you are looking to lose weight despite the holidays, help has arrived.

The skinny on balloon therapy for weight loss

It’s called ‘balloon therapy.’

“You feel full sooner because you actually have the balloon sitting in there, taking up space,” said Dr. Shelby Sullivan, director of bariatric endoscopy at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

The FDA approved two balloon therapy products this summer. One is called Orbera. It is a less expensive method using one balloon. The other is called ReShape, which uses two balloons in case one deflates.

Both versions are made of silicone and filled with saline; both are placed in the stomach through an endoscopic tube down the patient’s throat.

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