A gastric balloon, also known as an intragastric balloon, is a non-surgical weight loss procedure in which a silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. Once the balloon is placed in the stomach, it is filled with saline solution to create a feeling of fullness and reduce hunger.
The gastric balloon remains in place for several months and is then removed in a similar manner. During this time, patients typically follow a supervised diet and exercise program to maximize weight loss. The procedure is designed for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 and who have not been successful with other weight loss methods.
While the gastric balloon procedure is less invasive than traditional weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass, it still carries some risks, including nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with a qualified healthcare provider before deciding if the gastric balloon is right for you.