The intragastric balloon is designed to assist adult patients suffering from obesity – with a BMI of 30 to 40 – in losing and maintaining weight. This procedure combines a non-surgical procedure with intensive nutritional and fitness counseling and support.

As a newly available procedure, this non-surgical option has many benefits for patients who qualify.

Rose bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder trained with international doctors to implant the intragastric balloons and participated in the FDA clinical trial. Dr. Snyder is one of the first bariatric surgeons in the country and the first in Colorado to offer this new weight loss procedure.

What happens during a balloon procedure

The actual procedure takes roughly 15-20 minutes, and you will leave the hospital the same day. For the procedure, you will be put under twilight anesthesia. Your surgeon will place a temporary balloon is in your stomach in an endoscopic procedure and, once it is in place, will fill the balloon with 400ml-700ml of a saline-based fluid. The balloon reduces the amount of space available in your stomach for food, without permanently altering your stomach itself.

After your procedure

After six months, you will undergo a similar outpatient procedure to remove the balloon. Intensive medical monitoring and nutritional therapy will continue for an additional six months. This one-year program is designed to help you develop sustainable, healthy habits that will help keep weight off over time.

Data on the intragastric balloon collected in the U.S. clinical trial has shown that the average person lost more than three times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months and maintained their weight loss.

Advantages of the balloon procedure

  • Non-surgical option for weight loss
  • The average patient loses more than three times the weight than with diet and exercise alone

Possible complications and side effects

As with any procedure, there are risks to consider. This procedure is geared toward specific patient populations. Our surgical team will help you understand which procedure is right for you.