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 placed, the balloon makes the patient feel full more quickly Weight-loss gastric balloons are performed on patients with a body mass index (BMI) up to 40. The procedure helps decrease risks of developing more serious weight-related health problems including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), sleep apnea and 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.

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 may 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.

Two types of gastric balloons are available, which means the method of implementation may vary. Consult with your provider 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 will be given instructions on what you can eat or drink for the next few weeks. Your doctor will determine if a new balloon should be implanted.

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Our team can help assess which weight-loss option is best for you. Fill out the contact form below and a team member will be in touch within two business days. You can also reach us by calling 703-776-1777. Thank you.