Intragastric Balloon

The intragastric balloon is temporarily placed endoscopically in the stomach for six months. It helps your body adapt to smaller portion sizes. The balloon is inserted through the mouth into your stomach. The balloon is then inflated with saline and is about the size of a grapefruit. After six months, the balloon is removed endoscopically. This therapy is used with diet, exercise and possibly medicines before, during and after the balloon.

Ideal candidate:

  • Age 18–65
  • BMI 30–40 with or without comorbidities
  • No previous stomach or GI surgery
  • Team approach


  • Outpatient procedure with sedation
  • No incision or scar
  • Easy to perform
  • Faster recovery
  • Safe
  • Excess weight loss of 25 percent at 6 months post removal.


This device may cause nausea/vomiting/abdominal pain/GERD. Although it is rare, there is a risk of: obstruction, perforation, aspiration pneumonia and death. The device intolerance is five percent, and the long-term durability is unknown.