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Intragastric Balloon

Patient who has had balloon weight loss procedureWhat is the weight loss balloon?

The intragastric balloon, or "weight loss balloon," is a simple, endoscopic procedure that kick-starts weight loss by inserting a soft, yet durable balloon comfortably into your stomach.

By taking up space in the stomach, the weight loss balloon gives you the sensation of being full, reducing the desire to eat.  This makes portion control easier and weight loss more manageable when coupled with proper diet and exercise.

Over the 6 months the balloon remains in the stomach, patients typically experience weight loss between 20-35 pounds, as well as improved diabetic and blood pressure control. After 6 months, the balloon is removed—which is when practicing healthy diet and exercise habits becomes critical to your continued success. The team will provide ongoing support for the following 6 months to help you stay on track, and feeling great.

Watch this video on how the procedure works.

Who is eligible for this procedure?

The weight loss balloon is available to patients who:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30-40
  • Consult with the provider and dietitian on proper nutrition
  • Meet the physical, medical and psychological criteria

What are the possible side effects of this procedure?

Common side effects include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain during the first few weeks after insertion. Rare complications may include a balloon rupture or balloon migration. Detailed discussion regarding risks/benefits should be undertaken with your provider before the procedure.

Is the procedure covered by insurance?

The intragastric balloon procedure is not currently covered by health insurance policies. Patients who are interested in the procedure will be responsible for the cost.

Next Steps

Step 1: Consultation

The providers will discuss your weight loss goals and expectations and provide a detailed outline of the process.

Step 2: History & Physical, Psychological Assessment, and Nutrition Evaluation

Diagnostic tests will ensure that you're qualified for the procedure, and that it's the right weight loss solution for you.

Step 3: Balloon Insertion

The intragastric balloon is placed into your stomach through a simple, non-surgical outpatient endoscopic procedure that typically takes 30-40 minutes. The balloon will stay in your stomach for 6 months.

Step 4: Removal

Through a similar outpatient procedure to insertion, the balloon is removed from the stomach and ongoing support is provided by the team for up to six months.