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Gastric Balloon

FDA approved for weight loss. Globally recognized gastric balloon. This new same day procedure is an endoscopic procedure that takes 20 to 30 mins. There are no incisions or scars. A soft expandable gastric balloon is placed endoscopically. The balloon is left in place for 6 months. The patient is also enrolled in a 12 month comprehensive weight loss program. Most patients lose 30 to 50 pounds.

About the procedure

During the procedure, a soft, expandable, silicone balloon is placed inside the stomach with the assistance of a camera that enters through the mouth. The balloon is filled with saline and stays in place for 6 months creating a feeling of fullness and satiety. Placement takes approximately 20-30 minutes and is performed by a team of qualified Surgeons, Nurses, and Anesthesiologists/Nurse Anesthetists. At the 6 month mark, the balloon is removed in a similar fashion in which it was placed.

Patients are encouraged to participate in follow-up visits with their physicians and nutritionist during the time the balloon is in place and also after its removal in order to sustain their weight loss.

A gastric balloon is a non-surgical and short-term (temporary) weight loss device. A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of an grapefruit) is placed in your stomach, allowing you to control your portion sizes by filling space in your stomach. By following professional health and wellness advice, you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.
Gastric balloons have been used in the management of obesity for over 20 years. Over this time they have evolved in shape, size, and design resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Over 220,000 ORBERA™ balloons have been placed worldwide.
Once in place, the gastric balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that they may consume smaller portions of food. Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the gastric balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long term.
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. In some patients it may last one to two weeks. Your HCP may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. Patients will need to immediately contact their physician for any severe or unusual symptoms.