A gastric balloon (sometimes called an intragastric balloon) is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for weight loss. They’ve been proven to help people lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off.
Gastric balloons work by taking up space inside your stomach. Because the balloon is filled with salt water (saline), it physically leaves less space inside your stomach for food. This results in feeling more full, and not eating as much as you used to.
During your balloon procedure, your doctor will place the gastric balloon by sliding a small, thin tube down your throat and into your stomach. You’ll be comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes.
Second, we are the FIRST bariatric center in the Northwest to offer the Spatz3 Gastric Balloon. I have been placing gastric balloons for weight management since 2008. This balloon is the first adjustable gastric balloon. Transform has been chosen from a handful of centers in the U.S. to launch this innovative technology. This balloon can be placed or removed in about half an hour using a flexible endoscopy. Currently, it can remain in the stomach for 8 months, but the FDA may soon provide approval to extend this to 12 months. Patients can lose about 53.6% of their excess weight, which is comparable to the Lap Band® System.
What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is an inflatable medical device that one of our board certified physicians can place in your stomach for up to six months in order to give you that “full” feeling and help you lose weight by curbing your appetite. It’s a great option if you’re obese and haven’t been able to lose weight with diet or exercise. On average, you can expect to lose between 10 and 15% of your body weight.