Bariatric Procedure

Gastric Balloon


Gastric Balloon

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.

An easier journey to bariatric surgery
Low risk and removable
Longer Life
Improvement or resolution of serious medical conditions
More Happiness
Improvement in overall health and quality of life
Lower Medical Costs
Long term cost savings as a result of reduced medical care
How Its Done

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.

Results that change lives.
Average Weight Loss
20 - 30% of excess weight loss
Diabetes Resolution
40+% patients cured of diabetes
Reduction in Medication Use
30+% free from medication
Quality of Life
100% Improvement
Gastric Balloon Risks
Potential Risks

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.

  • Minor Complications
  • Major Complications
Minor Complications
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Gastric discomfort
  • Back or abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux or indigestion
  • Weight gain or failure to lose satisfactory weight
Gastric Balloon Risks
Major Complications
  • Balloon deflation / migration
  • Bleeding
  • Perforation
Gastric Balloon Risks
Gastric Balloon FAQs
Should I get the weight loss balloon or the gastric band?
The gastric balloon procedure, like the gastric band, is a bariatric option for patients who are looking to lose some weight with a less invasive approach. The gastric balloon should be considered only when patients are comfortable losing 20% to 30% of their weight. For patients interested in losing more weight, we recommend considering other procedures such as the gastric band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve.
How much weight will I lose after the gastric banding procedure?
Research shows that patients will lose between 20% to 30% of their excess weight. Patients who achieve greater success after have the gastric balloon is placed are those individuals who follow their surgeon and dietitians' instructions and incorporate exercise into their daily activities.
After I lose weight, will the weight loss balloon be removed?
The gastric balloon is intended to stay in the patient for 6 months to 12 months based on the type of balloon placed. The gastric balloon is removable and reversible, therefore it can be removed prior to the 6 months if needed.
Can I get pregnant with the gastric balloon?
It is not advised that patients who are looking to become pregnant get the gastric balloon. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, we advise that you wait to have the gastric balloon inserted until you are done having children. If you do become pregnant with the gastric balloon already inserted, let your physician know immediately so they can talk with you about your options—they may advise that you get it removed.
Will I have to take vitamins after having the weight loss balloon inserted?
Due to the fact that the gastric balloon does not result in malabsorption—only the restriction of food intake—you will not need to take vitamins after this procedure. However, we do recommend patients take a multivitamin and eat a nutritious diet to get all the vitamins and minerals they need.
Will I feel nauseous after the gastric balloon is inserted?
Most patients will complain of nausea or vomiting within the first few days of placement. After about 5 days though, these symptoms should subside. Some patients may also experience cramping or reflux. Again, these symptoms should subside within a few days of insertion. If these symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, let your doctor know so they can go over the best plan of action for you.
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