Gastric Balloon Specialist

Mahbod (Mark) Paya, MD -  - Bariatric Surgeon

SurgiThin

Mahbod (Mark) Paya, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in West Hills, San Fernando Valley, CA

The gastric balloon helps patients lose weight without the need for more invasive surgical procedures. Dr. Paya is a top provider of intragastric balloon procedures for patients in West Hills, CA, and throughout the San Fernando Valley, using state-of-the-art techniques at SurgiThin so men and women can feel confident in their results.

Gastric Balloon

What is the Orbera weight loss balloon?

Also called an intragastric balloon, the weight loss balloon is a novel approach to weight loss procedures that uses an inflatable balloon device inserted into the stomach to help patients feel fuller and consume less food and calories, resulting in weight loss. Intragastric balloons require no surgery for placement, making them an increasingly popular option for patients who are concerned about the risks associated with weight-loss surgeries. As the balloon expands, it fills a portion of the stomach so less food needs to be consumed in order to feel full.

Is the Orbera weight loss balloon a good choice for all patients who want to lose a lot of weight?

The weight loss balloon can be a great option for many patients, but it's not always the best choice. As with other types of weight-loss procedures, a physical exam and consultation appointment will help determine the best type of procedure for each patient based on their health conditions, weight-loss objectives and other criteria. Generally speaking, the weight loss balloon can be a good option for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 and who are willing to be closely supervised by the doctor to ensure they achieve the best possible results and stay on track with their program.

How is the Orbera weight loss balloon procedure performed?

The weight loss balloon requires no surgery and no general anesthesia. Instead, patients are sedated and the balloon is placed inside the stomach using a special instrument called an endoscope. An endoscope is a long, thin device that uses a camera to see inside the stomach. The scope can also be used to perform simple procedures like intragastric balloon placement. The balloon is composed of silicone, and once in place, it will be filled with sterile saline solution so it rests comfortably in the stomach cavity. The entire procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform.

 

Accepted Insurance Plans

We are pleased to be able to accept all PPO insurance plans (e.g. Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Healthnet, etc.) that cover weight loss surgery. Patients with PPO insurance can see us without needing a referral or prior authorization. We also accept some HMO insurance plans. Patients with HMO insurance will need to first consult with their primary care physician to obtain a referral to see us. To learn if your health insurance coverage will pay for your surgery, and what your insurance authorization requirements are, please call our office or send us an online contact form.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
UnitedHealthcare (except United Community Care Plan)