What is a Weight-Loss Gastric Balloon?

A weight-loss gastric balloon is a device that is inserted into the stomach to help patients lose weight. Once implanted, the balloon makes the patient feel fuller more quickly.

Weight-loss gastric balloons are performed on patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40. The procedure helps decrease risks of developing more serious weight-related health problems such as:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease(GERD)
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Type 2 Diabetes

If diet and exercise did not help you lose weight in the past, a weight-loss gastric balloon could be an option for you. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Talk with your doctor to see if you qualify.

Why choose Gastro Health?

Dedicated to providing patients with the latest technology for weight management, our team has carefully researched and selected a series of gastric balloons (Obalon 3-Balloon System and Orbera, Weight Management System) to provide our patients, safe, effective and sustainable weight-loss options in a private, comfortable outpatient setting.

Benefits & Risks

A weight-loss gastric balloon can make you feel fuller more quickly than you normally would when eating, which often means you'll eat less. The amount of weight you lose also depends on how much you can change your lifestyle habits including diet and exercise.

As with any treatment or procedure, side effects are rare but can occur. If the balloon deflates, there’s a risk that the device could move through the body and cause a blockage. In this case, a procedure or surgery to remove to balloon may be required.

What to Expect

You will be given specific instructions to prepare for your gastric balloon procedure.

Before your procedure, you will need to have an empty stomach. Your physician will request that you don’t eat or drink after midnight on the day of your procedure. Additionally, if you take any blood-thinning medication, your physician may request that you stop using for 3-5 days before the test.

Three types of gastric balloons are available, which means the method of implementation may vary. Consult with your doctor to see what type of procedure works best for you. With most procedures, the balloon is passed through the mouth and inserted into the stomach. Once in place, you will feel fuller more quickly which should help in the weight loss process.

After the procedure, you may experience some pain or nausea. These symptoms should last for a few days post-procedure. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with pain and nausea management.

You’ll be given instructions on what you can eat or drink for the next few weeks. Balloons are left in place for up to six months. Your doctor will determine if a new balloon should be implanted.