A gastric balloon is a temporary treatment designed to help patients lose weight by shrinking the stomach’s volume without surgery.
What is a gastric balloon procedure?
The gastric balloon procedure helps patients eat smaller meals, resulting in weight loss. To insert the balloon, your doctor will use an endoscope, which is a thin tube. Before insertion, the balloon is deflated; after, it is filled with saline solution, which will help you feel full and leave less space for food. Sometimes, when patients need to lose weight before planned surgery, a gastric balloon can help achieve this in a shorter period. Generally, patients can lose between 10% and 15% of their body weight throughout a six-month program.