SSM Health offers two intragastric balloon options - the latest, minimally invasive procedure in weight management. This program is ideal for patients who are ineligible or simply uncomfortable with weight-loss surgery. Both procedures include a balloon inserted and inflated in your stomach to make you feel full. The balloon is removed after six months, during which time most patients experience the greatest weight loss. Our surgeons perform these procedures in an outpatient setting under light anesthesia. After the procedure, our team of board-certified obesity medical specialists will work with you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The Orbera™ Procedure:The Orbera™ is a single silicone balloon temporarily placed without surgery into the stomach—intragastrically. The deflated silicone balloon is inserted through the throat and into the stomach. Once in place, the balloon is inflated with sterilized salt water and floats freely in the stomach, helping you feel full quicker and longer. When the balloon is removed six months later, our team of board-certified obesity medical specialists will continue to coach you through maintaining healthy habits.
The ReShape™ Procedure:
The ReShape™ Procedure is a new, FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. The ReShape™ Procedure was specifically designed for patients with a lower BMI (between 30–40). In a recent study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with ReShape™ than with diet and exercise alone. Most ReShape™ patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed.
With ReShape™, two balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside your stomach to help you feel less hungry, so you feel satisfied with smaller portions. The balloons are a weight loss jump-start and are only part of the procedure. You also receive a full year of personalized coaching to support your success and help you make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living.
If you do not want or do not qualify for surgery, the ReShape™ Procedure may be a good option for you.