The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical method of weight loss if your BMI is between 30-40. A balloon is inserted into the stomach that restricts food intake and causes a feeling of fullness. This procedure is temporary because the balloon must be removed within six months.

Procedure

  • 30 minutes
  • Outpatient 
  • Two-hour recovery period

Benefits

  • Useful tool, along with diet and exercise, to assist with weight loss for patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 whose options can be somewhat limited
  • Incisionless
  • Reversible, removed within six months
  • 10 percent mean total body weight loss six months after the procedure

Risks

  • Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
  • Gastric outlet obstruction
  • Gastrointestinal perforation
  • Spontaneous deflation

Other Considerations

  • No medication restriction
  • Liquid diet for one week, soft foods for two weeks, then regular diet for five months until balloon is removed
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