Intragastric Balloon

An intragastric balloon is the latest, minimally invasive procedure in weight management. During this procedure, a balloon is inserted  and inflated into your stomach, which helps you feel full faster and limits how much you can eat. This procedure may be an option for you if diet and exercise haven’t helped you lose weight.

If you are thinking about weight loss surgery, consider registering for an SSM Health Weight Management Services informational seminar. This free seminar provides a high-level overview of all our weight loss services designed to help you reach your weight loss goals.

About Intragastric Balloons

Intragastric balloons are ideal for patients who are ineligible or simply uncomfortable with weight-loss surgery. During this procedure, 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.

SSM Health offers two options for intragastric balloons: the Orbera™ Procedure and the ReShape™ Procedure.

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. The balloon is removed six months later.

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 your care.

With both procedures, our team of board-certified obesity medical specialists will help you make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living.

Making the decision to have weight loss surgery can feel overwhelming. The caring and compassionate team at SSM Health Weight Management Services will help you consider all of your options - both surgical and non-surgical - so you can feel confident in your choice. Make an appointment today so you can get started on your path to better health.

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