EMMC First in Maine to Offer Weight Loss Balloon


Intragastric_Balloon.png(Bangor, Maine) – Many people who struggle with weight loss consider having surgery but either do not qualify for the procedure or are not comfortable with a surgical approach. Now, for the first time in Maine, a new non-surgical option called intragastric balloon is available at Eastern Maine Medical Center to help these individuals achieve their weight loss goals.
“We see patients who do not qualify for weight loss surgery due to certain conditions. Others simply want to try a different path,” explains Fariba Dayhim, MD, FACS, FASMBS, bariatric surgeon, medical bariatrician, and nutrition specialist, and medical director of EMMC Non Surgical Weight Loss. “For patients who are healthy enough for anesthesia, and able and willing to participate in a strict physician-supervised diet program, intragastric dual balloon may be a great option.”
Made of medical grade silicon, this weight loss tool, consisting of two balloons connected together, is inserted into the stomach through the mouth. The FDA requires hospitals that offer the balloon to provide a supervised nutrition program. EMMC’s model adds a low calorie diet, education about healthy food choices, and close monitoring of behavioral changes, such as portion control and developing an active lifestyle.
“We know some patients need more than diet and exercise to see success, but relying on a weight loss procedure alone may not offer lasting results,” continues Dr. Dayhim. “We consistently see that the patients who embrace a healthier way of life and change their habits get the most out of our bariatric tools.”
The balloon may be recommended for individuals 18-65 years old with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40 and at least one obesity-related issue.
Weight loss balloons have been offered in Europe for many years, and the dual balloon was approved for safe use in the United States late in 2015. In a clinical trial of the dual balloon, patients lost on average twice as much weight compared to those trying to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.

For more information, or to find out more about a referral to the program, call EMMC Northeast Surgery at (207) 973-8881.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the balloon, view informational videos at Balloon.EMMC.org.