A gastric balloon is a relatively new kind of weight-loss procedure where a saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in your stomach, which helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat. It also makes you feel fuller faster. This procedure is an option if you're overweight or obese, and diet and exercise haven't worked for you.
In a short 20 minute procedure, the deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into your stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline it is about the size of a grapefruit, which helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat.
Like other weight-loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You need to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the intragastric balloon procedure.
The placement of an intragastric balloon helps you lose weight. Weight loss can lower your risk of potentially serious weight-related health problems, such as: heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes.