How Does Gastric Balloon Surgery Work?

Portion control is one of the hardest habits to learn when trying to lose weight. Because it fills up a portion of the stomach, suppressing the appetite, a gastric balloon is an excellent alternative to more invasive weight loss surgeries like a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. When you feel satiated faster, you begin to adopt healthier eating habits, leading to sustainable weight loss.

The Orbera and the Obalon are the two types of gastric balloons we offer. Both are placed in an outpatient basis and remain in the stomach for six months.

Orbera Balloon: The Number 1 Weight Loss Balloon

The most popular gastric balloon worldwide, the Orbera balloon can be inserted in just 30 minutes. It is a soft silicone balloon that is positioned in the stomach via a thin tube down the esophagus. Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline until it reaches roughly the size of a grapefruit.

Obalon Balloon: The Only FDA-Approved Swallowable Balloon

The Obalon balloon takes a brief 10 minutes to insert and requires no sedation. Once the patient ingests the balloon (in a capsule), the doctor inflates the balloon with gas. Over the next three months, two more balloons are placed.

These procedures are quick, simple, and require minimal to no downtime. While the Orbera involves light sedation, the Obalon procedure will have you back on your feet and going about your daily activities immediately. The balloons are deflated and extracted after six months, but the results you’ll experience will last a lifetime as long as you continue to practice portion control.

Do you need to lose 20 to 50 pounds and have a BMI between 30 and 40? Contact us today to learn all about our gastric balloon surgery in Mount Sinai, NY.