The gastric balloon is a non-surgical, non-invasive, temporary approach to weight loss. It encourages your body to eat healthier portions for six straight months. This in turn improves weight loss. In fact, this new technology has helped patients lose up to 3 times the weight of diet and exercise alone.
During a quick 30-minute non-invasive procedure, your surgeon will insert a balloon made of soft silicone through your mouth and esophagus and place it directly into your stomach. He or she will then fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. This is all done without any incisions, stitches or scars.
For six months, this balloon will take up space in your stomach, slowing digestion and encouraging proper portion control and weight loss. After six months, you’ll return to the same doctor have the balloon removed through a simple non-surgical procedure. The removal of the balloon will be just as quick and easy as the initial implantation. After removal of the balloon, you can continue to maintain your healthy lifestyle choices to lose weight and keep it off.
Evolve partner physicians prefer the ORBERA™ Weight Loss Balloon System, which is recognized as the #1 weight loss balloon worldwide.
Benefits of the Gastric Balloon*
- No surgery required!
- Short 30-minute procedure
- Lose an average of 12% of your total body weight in 6 months(1)
- Go home day of the procedure
- Be back to work day after procedure
- Is considered SAFE by the US FDA
Is the Gastric Balloon Right for Me?
We recommend the Gastric Balloon for adults with BMIs between 30 and 40 who are looking for a temporary tool to help them lose an average of 12% of their total body weight(1) over the next six months.
Diet & Exercise Expectations with the Gastric Balloon:
The gastric balloon is not a long-term fix. Its goal is to help you jumpstart the weight loss process by making it easier to follow healthy lifestyle habits. Unlike most other weight loss surgeries, there are few dietary restrictions. However, to see maximum results and set yourself up for long-term success, we highly suggest following the diet regime provided by your surgeon.
- After your surgeon inserts the balloon, you will transition from a liquid to solid foods diet in two weeks time.
- During the next six months, you will follow a balanced diet program to develop healthy eating habits which will carry you forward in your weight loss journey.
As with most bariatric procedures, weight loss results improve when daily exercise regimes are in place.
The Cost of the Gastric Balloon
The gastric balloon is not covered by most private insurance plans. If you are interested in the gastric balloon, Evolve offers a highly competitive cash-pay price of $7,150 which includes both the implantation and removal of the balloon.
*Results will vary based on starting weight and other factors.
(1)Endoscopic bariatric therapies. Abu Dayyeh B.K., Edmundowicz S.A., Jonnalagadda S., Kumar N., Larsen M., Sullivan S., Thompson C.C., Banerjee S. (2015) Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 81 (5) , pp. 1073-1086.