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Gastric Balloon

A gastric or intragastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure. It involves placing a deflated silicone balloon into the stomach through an endoscopic procedure. Once inside the stomach, the balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution. It partially fills the stomach and creates a feeling of fullness.

1. The gastric balloon helps promote weight loss. It reduces the amount of food consumed. By occupying space in the stomach, it creates a sensation of fullness. It reduces hunger, leading to reduced calorie intake and weight loss.

2. It is non-surgical and reversible. It is inserted and removed with an endoscope. No need for incisions. Plus, the procedure is reversible. The balloon can be deflated and removed at any time.

3. Placing a gastric balloon is relatively quick. It typically takes 20-30 minutes. Recovery time is minimal. Most people can resume their normal activities within a few days.

4. The presence of a gastric balloon can help people develop healthier eating habits. Like portion control. It serves as a tool for jump-starting weight loss. It can motivate patients to adopt long-term lifestyle changes.

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
  • Have tried to lose weight with diet and exercise alone for at least six months without success
  • Commit to lifestyle changes. This includes adopting a healthy diet. And engaging in regular physical activity.
  • Are free from medical conditions that pose a risk during the procedure.

Our Specialists

Dr. Jeffry Romero is a double certified surgeon, highly specialized in Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Jeffry Romero

Bariatric Surgeon
Phone: +1 (619) 712 4137
Dr Jose Sergio Verboonen Sotelo, CERTIFIED BARIATRIC SURGEON

Dr. Sergio Verboonen

Bariatric Surgeon
Phone: +1 (619) 712 4137

It’s important to note that a gastric balloon is not a permanent solution for weight loss. It is typically used as a short-term intervention. It often remains in the stomach for six months to one year. The procedure’s success depends on the person’s commitment to adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true after removing the balloon. A free consultation with a qualified healthcare professional is available. They will help you determine if a gastric balloon is suitable for you.