Gastric Balloons: The Minimally Invasive Alternative
In instances when surgery simply isn’t an option, a gastric balloon system can serve as an effective, minimally invasive alternative — with lasting, life-changing results. The concept is simple: one or more balloons are inserted into the stomach orally during a simple, painless outpatient procedure. A specialist expands the balloon using either air or a saline solution, displacing space within the stomach.
As a result of the “decreased” stomach size, patients eat less. The selected balloon system, along with a professionally supervised diet and exercise program, helps promote permanent lifestyle changes to eating habits for a lifetime of success. And for countless patients, it’s provided just that.
Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery offers two gastric balloon system options. Click to learn more about each system.
Obalon Balloon System
At a Glance:
Three air-filled balloons are placed inside the stomach — one per three successive outpatient visits — displacing space so patients eat less while still feeling satisfied. This one-of-a-kind, non-surgical system has a lifespan of six months and is intended to augment a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program to promote optimal results — and long-term success.
ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon
At a Glance:
A soft, yet durable, silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach using a non-surgical procedure, then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The comprehensive, two-part program lasts 12 months and includes coaching in nutrition and lifestyle changes to maintain weight loss long-term. After six months, the balloon is removed from the stomach, while the patient continues to receive coaching and support for a full year.