Weight Loss Balloons

What is the Intragastric Balloon?

An intragastric balloon placement is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that involves inserting a balloon or systems of balloons in your stomach to occupy space and aid in weight loss. Unlike some of the other weight loss procedures available, balloon placement requires no surgery and balloons can easily be removed. The weight loss balloons are temporary, and must be removed after 6 months.  During your time with the balloons you will work with our team to optimize your weight loss and chances for maintaining that weight loss in the long term. Dr. Shayani offers both the Orbera and Obalon balloons. 

How the Orbera Balloon Helps with Weight Loss

The Orbera balloon is a single balloon that is inserted through the esophagus while it is deflated, and then filled with saline once in place in the stomach. The balloon helps with weight loss because it takes up space in the stomach, slows digestion, and trains the body to exercise better portion control. After 6 months, the Orbera balloon is removed and healthy eating habits should be maintained to continue losing weight and maintain weight loss. In trials, the Orbera balloon helps patients lose up to 3 times the weight of diet and exercise alone.

How the Obalon Balloon Helps with Weight Loss

The Obalon Balloon System is a system of three swallowable balloons that help boost weight loss in adults. The system is intended to work with a nutrition program focused on improving diet and modifying eating behavior. In a trial, Obalon patients lost twice as much as patients making diet and exercise changes alone. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed and then patients participate in the program for an additional 6 months. This helps you continue your focus on healthy habits and weight loss maintenance.

Am I a Candidate for the Balloon? 

The intragastric balloon procedure may be an option for you if you are struggling with your weight, and diet and exercise haven’t worked for you.   The balloons are designed for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40.  The best candidates for weight loss balloons are those who are interested in focusing on making long term improvements in their lifestyle, which will allow for the best chance of success with the balloons and after their removal. 

Considerations

Both balloon options are temporary and must be removed after 6 months. For optimum and lasting weight loss, it requires a strong commitment to the healthy lifestyle changes you will learn in our support program.  Currently, insurance does not cover the cost of Orbera or Obalon, so the balloon procedure is paid for by patients themselves. Financing options are available. 

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