NEW YORK, N.Y. -- For more than 78 million Americans, obesity presents a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to living a healthy lifestyle. However, thanks to a new weight loss procedure by doctors such as Dr. Anthony Starpoli , those part of this worldwide epidemic have a chance to regain their health.
Dr. Anthony Starpoli of Greenwich Village Gastroenterologists and director for the American Obesity Center is one of a select few New York area doctors who have been trained to implant what is known as a intragastric balloon.
In this revolutionary procedure, Dr. Starpoli helps patients lose weight thanks to a balloon inserted in their stomach. Patients are sedated and a balloon is gently passed through the esopahcagus into the stomach. There, the balloon is filled with a saline solution that expands to fill a portion of the stomach. Thirty minutes later, patients awakens and for the next six months will simply feel fuller, sooner, when they eat.
The entire procedure is incisionless and completely reversible since the intragastic balloon requires no stapling of the stomach. Over the next 12 months, the patient works closely with a nutritionist to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to burn off excess weight. Through seamless mobile technology such as virtual visits, they are able to receive real-time data and guidance from their personal dietician. The end goal is for patients to lose 40 percent of their excess weight over their ideal body weight.
"At high BMI, dieting and exercise alone aren't enough and often fail lose weight, says Dr. Starpoli. "With the intragastic balloon procedure and by providing a platform where patients can interact seamlessly with their advisors, it removes all obstacles to achieving weight loss."
Dr. Starpoli has offices located in Manhattan and Poughkeepsie and is board-certified in Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill-North Shore LIJ University Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, and NYU Langone Medical Center.