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.