The Gastric Balloon Weight Loss Procedure

The gastric balloon works by helping with portion control, thereby losing weight. This flexible balloon resides in your stomach for a period of six months, where over this period, your body adapts to healthier portion sizes. The unique design of the gastric balloon takes up room in your stomach and can help you lose up to 3x the weight from diet and exercise alone.

The gastric balloon procedure is:

  • Non-Surgical - The deflated balloon is placed in your stomach and enlarged in a short outpatient procedure.
  • Not permanent - After the 6 month period, the balloon is removed from your stomach and the health coaching continues.
  • No incisions - There are no scars or stitches as the balloon is placed in your stomach through your esophagus.

About the Procedure

Prior to the procedure, a diagnostic endoscopy is performed to make sure there are no conflicts and that it is safe to for the balloon to be placed. After you are comfortable from a mild sedation, the gastric balloon is placed in the stomach by way of a simple outpatient procedure.

A deflated gastric balloon is placed in your stomach by way of the esophagus. Once inside your stomach, a syringe with a sterile saline solution is used to fill the balloon to about the size of a grapefruit. After the procedure, which normally takes between 20-30 minutes, the recovery process begins and takes about 2-3 hours. Once the recovery process is completed, the patient can go home and live a healthier life.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much weight can I lose with the gastric balloon procedure?
  • What happens if the balloon leaks or deflates in the stomach?
  • Will I gain the weight back after removing the balloon?
  • What is a gastric balloon?
  • Are gastric balloons safe?
  • How do gastric balloons help people lose weight?
  • What are the possible side effects associated with the gastric balloon?
  • What is body mass index (BMI)?
It is important for you to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. The ORBERA® clinical study has shown that weight loss varies from person to person. On average, patients lost 3.1x the weight of those that were on a diet and exercise program alone. In US, clinical study patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs.*
ORBERA® has been used in over 220,000 cases and reviewed in over 230 published global clinical papers, and a balloon deflation or leak is a very rare event. However, if the balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your Specialist immediately. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether either has occurred. If it has, your Specialist will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.
Published clinical studies of ORBERA® have shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will maintain weight loss through dieting post-removal. So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.
A gastric balloon is a non-surgical and short-term (temporary) weight loss device. A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of a grapefruit) is placed in your stomach, allowing you to control your portion sizes by filling space in your stomach. By following professional health and wellness advice, you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.
Gastric balloons have been used in the management of obesity for over 20 years. Over this time, they have evolved in shape, size, and design resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Over 220,000 ORBERA® balloons have been placed worldwide.
Once in place, the gastric balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that they may consume smaller portions of food. Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the gastric balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long term.
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. In some patients, it may last one to two weeks. Your HCP may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. Patients will need to immediately contact their physician for any severe or unusual symptoms.
The most widely used measurement for obesity. The BMI approximates body mass using a mathematical ratio of weight and height [(weight in kg ÷ height in meters) or (weight in pounds ÷ height in inches x 703)]. A BMI of 30 or more is regarded by most health agencies as the threshold for obesity. A BMI of 40 or more generally qualifies as morbid obesity. However, note that BMI measurements in body-builders and athletes may not be accurate determinants of obesity because the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat.