Gastric Balloon Placement in Rancho Cucamonga

Non-surgical weight loss that’s safe & effective

Have you tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, but just cannot do it on your own? Even if you have the drive to lead a healthier lifestyle, controlling your appetite isn’t always easy when you never feel full.

A gastric balloon can help you gain control of your appetite, lose weight, and jumpstart your healthy lifestyle. This non-surgical procedure places an FDA approved, balloon-like device into the stomach, which takes up space and helps you feel full much more quickly than before.

Our Inland Empire weight loss surgeons offer Orbera, ReShape, and Obalon gastric balloons. On average, patients lose at least 30 pounds within a few months.

How can a gastric balloon help me lose weight?

Your stomach can only hold so much food before telling your brain “no more.” A gastric balloon safely occupies space in your stomach, so it takes less food than before to feel satisfied. In fact, you’ll find you easily eat less throughout the day—a gastric balloon doesn’t only limit your food intake, it also slows the rate at which your stomach empties, so you feel full faster and for longer.

A gastric balloon is temporary—it’s only in place for about 6 months. During this time, and for 6 months after it’s removed, you’ll receive nutrition and lifestyle counseling to help you achieve long-term success in your weight loss goals. This combination of appetite control and lifestyle coaching has proven effective for hundreds of men and women nationwide, helping them lose weight and keep it off for years to come.

Benefits of a gastric balloon

  • Non-surgical option for weight loss
  • Can achieve weight loss of 20 to 50 lbs. or more
  • No permanent changes to stomach or digestive tract
  • Outpatient procedure, takes 20 minutes to perform
  • Avoids risks associated with a surgical procedure, such as bleeding and infection
  • Balloon is removed after 6 months
  • Nutrition counseling is provided for 1 year

How the gastric balloon procedure works

Our experienced surgeons perform gastric balloon placement during an outpatient procedure at our accredited surgical center. You will be placed under sedation for your comfort and safety. Using an endoscope, your surgeon will insert the uninflated balloon device through your mouth, and guide it into the stomach, where it is then filled with a sterile saline solution to roughly the size of a grapefruit.

Most patients are able to return to work and other activities within 3 days after their procedures. Once the balloon is in place, you will not be able to feel it in your stomach, but you will immediately feel its effects on how much you can comfortably eat. A liquid-only diet is required for several days, after which you may resume eating a healthy diet, under the guidance of your surgeon and nutrition specialist.

After 6 months, the balloon is removed during another outpatient procedure.

Am I a good candidate?

A gastric balloon can be a great option for moderately overweight individuals who’ve been unable to lose weight through traditional means achieve measurable weight loss. It is considered a short-term weight loss procedure, and is not a substitute for more extensive weight loss surgery. Your surgeon will help you determine whether the gastric balloon is a good option for you based on:

  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI): typically patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 are good candidates
  • Your medical history
  • What weight loss methods you have already tried
  • Your level of commitment to the full program, including long-term lifestyle changes

What are the risks of gastric balloon?

Serious risks are very rare when the gastric balloon procedure is performed by a qualified physician; however, there are a few things you should know:

  • Nausea is common for the first few days after insertion
  • Some patients experience mild to moderate stomach pain for several days after their procedures
  • Eating too much or too fast typically results in nausea or vomiting
  • There is a very small chance that the balloon could deflate and proceed through your digestive tract. In the very rare event of deflation, the saline filling is harmlessly absorbed by your body; however, the balloon shell may require surgery to remove

Ready to learn more? Contact us today for your free consultation.