GastricBalloonThe gastric balloon method of weight loss available if your BMI is between 30 and 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.

Surgery and Recovery

  • 30 minutes
  • Outpatient procedure 
  • Two-hour recovery period


  • 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 
  • Requires no incisions
  • Reversible, removed within six months
  • Ten percent of mean total body weight is typically lost six months after the procedure


  • 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
Bariatric Providers

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