Weight Loss

Gastric Balloon

1960 Family Practice offers the gastric balloon, a reversible, non-surgical weight loss procedure, which means no incisions, stitches, or scars. It takes just 20 – 30 minutes and most people go home the same day. It is the first step of a 2-Part weight loss program that combines a weight loss balloon with a customized health plan to help the patient keep the weight off long-term.

Lose 3X The Weight

Diets can leave you feeling hungry or dissatisfied. The gastric balloon helps by taking up room in the stomach and encouraging portion control in combination with developing sustainable, long-term healthy habits.

How It Works

A deflated soft silicone gastric balloon is inserted into the patient’s stomach via endoscopy and filled with liquid or air. This reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing the patient to feel fuller faster. The balloon can be left in place for up to six months. Once removed, the stomach — and sometimes the patient’s appetite — returns to normal.

Gastric Balloon: Are You a Candidate?

Unlike permanent weight loss surgeries, the gastric balloon procedure may be utilized by patients who would like to lose weight for a major event such as a wedding, high school reunion, graduation, etc. And unlike other weight loss surgeries which require a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, patients undergoing the gastric balloon procedure only need a a BMI of 27 or above.

The gastric balloon procedure also may help severely obese patients reach a safer weight in preparation for other types of bariatric surgeries (such as gastric bypass or gastric band) if they are deemed too obese to safely undergo a more invasive surgery. This may include patients with a BMI greater than 60 and/or those suffering from certain obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea.

Request More Information About the Gastric Balloon Procedure at (281) 586-3888.