Gastric Balloon

Non-Surgical Weight Loss

What is Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon?

Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is a procedure that involves placement of a balloon made of silicone and filled with water into your stomach using endoscopy (through your mouth). The balloon limits the amount of food that you can eat at one time.


Benefits of Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon

The intragastric Balloon is NOT A SURGICAL PROCEDURE. Therefore, there are no cuts or incisions and no dissection on the inside of your body. The balloon can be removed at any point in time making the procedure completely reversible. NO BRIDGES are destroyed by placing the balloon. On the contrary, and especially in the super obese patient, the balloon can be placed to help reduce body weight in preparation for a more invasive metabolic procedure like the gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.

How is Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon Performed?

Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is performed by passing a silicone bag through your mouth and into your stomach where it is then filled with saline. This balloon floats freely within your stomach, taking up space and allowing you to feel full with smaller portions of food.

Preparing for Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon

The first step in balloon placement is a consultation with Dr. Darido at Houston Weight Loss Surgery Center. During the consultation, Dr. Darido will go over important subjects related to weight gain, healthy eating, daily exercise, relevant metabolic diseases, different weight loss solutions, and expectations from intragastric balloon placement. The second step, in preparation for your balloon placement, is a dietary consultation with our nutritionist with whom you will follow on a regular basis.

Recovery from Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon

Recovery from the Intragastric Balloon placement is fast and does not involve any downtime. You will go home the same day. Due to the balloon placement inside your stomach you may experience nausea, at times lasting up to 1 week or more.

How Much Does Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon Cost?

Endoscopic Intragastric Balloons are typically not covered by insurance, although we are happy to check your plan’s benefits FOR FREE. The all-inclusive cost is approximately $7,000. Financing options are also available.

Is Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon Right for Me?

Intragastric balloon is not for everyone. At Houston Weight Loss Surgery Center we tailor the treatment to suit your needs. If you are struggling to lose weight, but do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery or any procedure that modifies your anatomy, an Intragastric Balloon may be right for you. If you are preparing for an upcoming major event like a wedding or school reunion the intragastric balloon is a great option to shed some extra weight. If you want to loose the 30 pounds you gained during your last pregnancy the intragastric balloon may be your best option. You may also consider this procedure if you need to lose weight before having gastric bypass or Gastric Sleeve surgery especially if you are more than 400 pounds. Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is typically recommended for patients with a BMI between 30 and 40.

What to Expect During Your Consultation for Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon

Dr. Darido will take his time to answer all of your questions and help you determine which bariatric procedure is right for you. He will discuss your medical history and your struggles with weight loss, as well as your long and short-term goals.

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Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon is a great choice for many obese patients across the country who do not wish to undergo more invasive and permanent procedures. Contact Dr. Darido to determine if the endoscopic intragastric balloon is right for you.