The weight loss balloon is a minimally invasive and temporary bariatric procedure that does not involve any cutting or stapling and is performed endoscopically (through the mouth). It consists of placing a silicone balloon-like device in the stomach to occupy space to provide an earlier sense of satiety and fullness. Since this procedure does not involve any physical alteration to a patient’s anatomy, it is viewed as being simple and safe while also being reversible.
The balloon is deflated at the time of insertion and enters the body through the mouth and esophagus. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon once in the stomach. The purpose of the balloon is to occupy space so a patient will feel full faster, helping them to lose weight. The balloon is left in the patient for six months while the patient pursues a medically supervised weight loss program. After removal, it is expected that the patient will continue to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain their weight loss.
This procedure takes about 20 minutes to perform, and patients can expect to go home the same day as their procedure. An additional procedure will be required to remove the balloon six months from insertion. Patients can return to work the next day and resume regular actives when comfortable.
Before considering the gastric bypass, it is important to be familiar with the potential risks of bariatric procedures. Risks vary based on the health of the patient.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Gastric discomfort
- Back or abdominal pain
- Acid reflux or indigestion
- Weight gain or failure to lose satisfactory weight
- Balloon deflation / migration
A portion of the stomach is removed, intestines are rearranged, and the gallbladder is removed.Duodenal Switch
Conversion of previous bariatric surgery procedures to a different type of surgical option.Revision and Conversion