Body Mass Index (BMI) - a common measure, using an individual’s height and weight, to estimate whether an individual is overweight or obese.
Deep Conscious Sedation - a procedure where you are given a sedative (medication) through an intravenous line to relax you and reduce your sensation during the balloon placement and removal procedures.
Endoscopy - a procedure which allows a doctor to see the inside of your esophagus and stomach. This examination is performed using an endoscope (a flexible tube with a video camera on the end). The camera is connected to a video screen that displays the image.
Esophagus - the tube that allows passage of food, liquids, and saliva from your mouth to your stomach.
Gastric - pertaining to the stomach.
Gastric Banding - a surgical weight loss procedure in which a silicone band is placed around the outside of the stomach to limit the amount of food that can be eaten at one time.
Gastric Bypass - a surgical weight loss procedure in which the stomach is divided to make a small pouch (about 1 oz. in volume) to limit the amount of food that can be eaten at one time.
Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) - a surgical weight loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of it’s original size by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. The result is a sleeve of tube-like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - a condition in which the stomach contents (food or stomach acid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus. This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.
Intubation - place of a tube into the windpipe to help keep the windpipe clear of any fluids or food.
IV Fluids - fluids that are delivered through a needle into a vein.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) - a type of drug which reduces the stomach acidity.