What are Gastric Balloons?
Gastric balloons (also called intragastric or stomach balloons) are temporary, removable devices that are placed in the stomach by endoscopy (through the mouth) and can remain for up to six months. Patients with a BMI above 30 are eligible for gastric balloons. In some cases they may be appropriate for patients with a BMI as low as 27.
How do Stomach Balloons Help People to Lose Weight?
Endoscopically placed balloons help to achieve weight loss by taking up space in the stomach, thereby restricting food intake.
It is performed as laparoscopic surgery with small incisions in the upper abdomen. Most of the left part of the stomach is removed. The remaining stomach is then a narrow tube called a sleeve. Food from under the stomach empties into the small intestine, as before the surgery. The small intestine is not operated or changed. Eating less food after the surgery will keep you full.
Is a Gastric Balloon Right for Me?
Our Center performs a thorough evaluation to determine whether a gastric balloon would be an appropriate part of your weight loss therapy plan. Our team develops with each patient a care plan based on each patient’s history and health conditions and appropriately evaluates medical, endoscopic and surgical options.