The Intragastric Balloon in Mexico, also known as Gastric Balloon Surgery is a non-surgical, temporary weight loss treatment for obesity, in which a high quality and durable silicone bag is inserted into the stomach through the throat with an endoscope or gastroscope.
An intragastric balloon is a newer kind of weight-loss procedure. A saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in your stomach, which helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat. It also makes you feel fuller faster.
Intragastric Balloon Procedure
When in the stomach, the bag is inflated with air or saline to resemble a balloon (hence the name). An Intragastric Balloon is designed to aid weight loss over a six month period, enabling patients suffering from obesity to feel full, curb their appetites, eat smaller portions and gain control, in order to follow a managed diet and lifestyle programme for improved health and well-being.
This procedure is an option if you’re overweight or obese, and diet and exercise haven’t worked for you.
Like other weight-loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You need to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the intragastric balloon procedure.
- Average weight loss patients typically experience 20% – 30%
- Average procedure time 15 minutes
- Average time with Gastric Balloon 6 months
An intragastric balloon and other weight-loss procedures or surgeries are typically done only after you’ve tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.
Who is a Candidate?
An intragastric balloon may be an option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 35.
- You’re willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes and regular medical follow-up, as well as to participate in behavioral therapy.
- You have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery.
Intragastric balloons aren’t the right choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help Dr. Jaime Ponce de Leon see if the procedure might be beneficial for you.
One major benefit of the gastric balloon is the avoidance of invasive surgery and the risks associated with surgery. As it only takes 15 minutes under a mild sedative you can go home the same day. This in turn means that a gastric balloon is less expensive than many surgical options. It is only temporary, offering support during the time you start to lose weight and become more active.
Patients with gastric balloons typically experience around 20 and 30% weight loss. However, the amount of weight lost by each patient will vary depending on individual circumstances.