A gastric balloon is a grapefruit-sized round ball that sits in your stomach. The balloon is placed through your mouth into your stomach, while you sleep. The procedure takes 15 minutes, there is no scar and you go home on the same day. After 6 months, your doctor performs another endoscopy to remove the balloon. With the balloon in your stomach, you feel full sooner, stay full longer and tend to eat less overall.
Why Gastric Balloon?
- Quick procedure completed in 15 minutes
- No physical or chemical alterations to the body
- Fully reversible
- Low complication rates
How much weight can I lose with Gastric Balloon?
- 10% weight loss at 1 year
- May improve other conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver
Am I a candidate for Gastric Balloon?
BMI of at least 30 or BMI of 27-29.9 with one of the following conditions:
high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty live
Patients go home on the same day. Most take a few days off to recover at home before returning to work. After the procedure, patients follow a full liquid meal plan, which includes protein shakes and similar products, then transition to a soft diet, which includes easy-to-eat foods such as oatmeal and bananas, and then return to regular eating.
Yes, this procedure is completely reversible. Your doctor can remove the balloon at any time before 6 months, if needed.
Unlike ESG/EGP, you may gain weight back after balloon removal. Medications can be used to help limit this.
A gastric balloon procedure costs $6,495, which includes balloon removal at 6 months and 10 visits with your Bariendo healthcare team. Financing options are available.