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Gastric Balloon

The Gastric Balloon is a safe and effective option to boost weight loss without surgery.*

The Gastric Balloon is a non-surgical procedure for patients who have struggled to lose weight, or to maintain weight loss through diet and exercise alone. Two FDA-approved gastric balloon options are available, the ORBERA® Weight Loss Balloon and the Obalon® Balloon System.

Benefits of the Gastric Balloon


There are no incisions or alterations to your body.


The weight loss balloons are in place in the stomach *for up to six months.

Less Downtime

Patients are able to return to normal activities as soon as they feel ready, *usually within two days.


*On average, patients lose 3x more weight than people who tried diet & exercise alone 1.

How Does the Gastric Balloon Work?

Gastric Balloons are silicone devices placed in the stomach for a duration of up to six months. The balloon takes up space in the stomach to help patients feel full, with less hunger and fewer cravings. An individualized diet and exercise plan is also part of the comprehensive gastric balloon program. Weight loss is achieved through appetite control, while patients learn healthy habits and skills to maintain weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

How is the Balloon Placed?

The deflated ORBERA® balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope, then inflated with a sterile saline solution. The deflated Obalon® balloon is swallowed and then inflated with air. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. In preparation for the balloon placement, patients will need to not eat for 24 hours before, and not consume liquids for 12 hours before, the procedure. A ride home will need to be pre-arranged because patients are given sedatives as part of the procedure.

How is the Balloon Removed?

The balloon is removed through another quick procedure of less than 30 minutes. The doctor will deflate and remove the balloon endoscopically. The same requirements for fasting before placement will apply prior to removal of the balloon. The procedure will also use sedatives and therefore you will need a ride home.

Commitment to a personalized plan for diet and exercise is crucial to success of the gastric weight loss balloon program. Weight loss results will vary from patient to patient.

Types of Gastric Balloons


Orbera® Gastric Balloon is a single balloon managed weight loss system, ideal for people who are moderately overweight. It is inserted into the stomach endoscopically in a minimally invasive procedure, and can help patients lose between 20 to 40 pounds, on average, during the year-long program.


The Obalon® Balloon System is a swallowable gastric balloon system which places up to three balloons in the stomach for six months and an accompanying twelve month plan to support weight loss. Together with diet and lifestyle changes, the Obalon® Balloon System helps patients lose weight and keep it off.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

According to studies, patients can expect to lose between 20 and 40 pounds, on average.*

The most rapid weight loss will occur during the first three months and continue for the six months that the balloon is in place. Patients’ success will vary depending on their commitment to a healthier lifestyle which includes diet changes and regular exercise.

*results may vary


Am I A Candidate?

Ideal candidates for a gastric balloon meet the following requirements:

  • Age over 18
  • At least 20 – 40 pounds overweight
  • A BMI of 30 – 40
  • No previous stomach surgery
  • Seeking a less invasive weight loss procedure
  • Lifelong commitment to healthy lifestyle

Planning Your Gastric Balloon Procedure

Covered by Insurance: No
Financing Available: Yes
Self Pay Cost: Starting at $5,995
Minimally Invasive: Yes
Non-Surgical: Yes
Avg. Procedure Time: 15 minutes
Typical Hospital Stay: Out-Patient
Typical Recovery Time: 24 hours
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Self Pay Pricing

Starting at $5,995
Payments as low as $119 a month with qualified financing*

Gastric Balloon costs include:

  • Surgeon’s professional fees
  • Anesthesia
  • Hospital fees
  • BLISCare Protection
  • 1 year routine follow-up appointments
  • 1 year routine Dietitian visits

*Additional testing and fees may apply. Monthly payment is based on purchase price alone, excluding taxes and interest. Patients must qualify via an approved independent medical lender. Loan offers are given by independent lenders based on approved credit and not everyone will qualify. The lowest possible financing price is $119 per month for 60 months, with current lender terms and conditions for the advertised price for applicants with qualifying credit.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like to jumpstart your weight loss with our gastric balloon program, schedule a consultation with Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman. You can call us at (256) 880-1977 or click here to contact us.

1 World Journal of Gastroenterology 2016 Jun 28; 22(24): 5495–5504