The intragastric balloon procedure is a non-invasive weight loss alternative to traditional surgical weight loss procedures and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is designed to help patients lose and maintain weight and is intended for patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have not been able to lose weight with more conservative weight loss methods.The surgeon uses an endoscope to place the intragastric balloon into the patient’s stomach. The balloon is in place for six months to reinforce proper portion control. In addition to the balloon, patients interact with the surgeon’s office for 12 months on weight management and lifestyle coaching. This two-pronged approach can help patients develop sustainable, healthy habits to keep the weight off over time.
The intragastric balloon is an endoscopic procedure with risks including, but not limited to, bleeding, perforation, reaction to medication and infection.
The intragastric balloon procedure has been shown in clinical trials to help the average person lose 3.1 times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone over six months.