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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. We’re proud to offer the ORBERA® Weight Loss Balloon in Huntsville, Alabama, an effective and FDA-approved gastric balloon.1

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.

Benefits of the Gastric Balloon

Non-Surgical

There are no incisions or alterations to your body.

Temporary

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.

Effective

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

Gastric Balloon: What to Expect

The deflated ORBERA® balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope, then inflated with a sterile saline solution. 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.

Preparing for Gastric Balloon

As a patient of Alabama Surgical Associates, you will be guided through the entire gastric balloon preparation process by our attentive staff. The first step in preparing for gastric balloon weight loss surgery is to undergo a thorough medical examination, which will determine whether you are a candidate for a gastric balloon. We will make sure you are educated about all aspects of the gastric balloon procedure, recovery process, and the lifestyle changes that will help you lose the weight and keep it off. You will work closely with a dietitian, and we will also help you learn more about exercise and the emotional factors that often accompany obesity.

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The Gastric Balloon Procedure

The deflated ORBERA® balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope, then inflated with a sterile saline solution. 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.

Recovery After Gastric Balloon

Following gastric balloon placement, you may feel some stomach discomfort and experience nausea or vomiting. This should resolve within a few days, and we will give you medication to help with your symptoms.

You should be able to begin taking small amounts of clear liquids within six hours of your procedure. You’ll continue on a liquid diet for roughly two weeks, when you can begin to eat puréed foods. Most patients begin to eat solid foods about six weeks after their gastric balloon is placed.3

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The Gastric Balloon Removal Procedure

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.

Gastric Balloon Results

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.

Who is a Candidate for Gastric Balloon?

If you have struggled to lose weight with supervised diet and other conservative weight loss programs, you may be a good candidate for the gastric balloon. Ideal candidates have not had previous stomach surgery, are over 18 years old, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 and less than 40, and are committed to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.5

 

Gastric Balloon

Invasiveness
Non-Invasive
Excess Weight Loss*
20-40lbs
Rate of Weight Loss*
Slow
Average Procedure Time
Less than 30 minutes
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
No
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$5,995

Gastric Banding

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
40%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Slower
Average Procedure Time
Less than 1 hour
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$8,995

ESG

Invasiveness
Non-Invasive
Excess Weight Loss*
50%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fast
Average Procedure Time
Less than 1 hour
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
No
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$8,995

Gastric Sleeve

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
65%-70%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fast
Average Procedure Time
Less than 1 hour
Typical Hospital Stay*
Out-patient
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$9,995

Gastric Bypass

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
65%-70%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fast
Average Procedure Time
2 hours
Typical Hospital Stay*
1 night
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
$11,995

Duodenal Switch

Invasiveness
Minimal
Excess Weight Loss*
80%
Rate of Weight Loss*
Fastest
Average Procedure Time
2-3 hours
Typical Hospital Stay*
1 night
Insurance Coverage Available*
Yes
Financing Available
Yes
Self Pay Cost
*Call for pricing
Invasiveness Non-Invasive Minimal Non-Invasive Minimal Minimal Minimal
Excess Weight Loss* 20-40lbs 40% 50% 65%-70% 65%-70% 80%
Rate of Weight Loss* Slow Slower Fast Fast Fast Fastest
Average Procedure Time Less than 30 minutes Less than 1 minutes Less than 1 minutes Less than 1 minutes 2 hours 2-3 hours
Typical Hospital Stay* Out-patient Out-patient Out-patient Out-patient 1 night 1 night
Insurance Coverage Available* No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Financing Available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Self Pay Cost $5,995 $8,995 $8,995 $9,995 $11,995 *Call for Pricing

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
  • Facility fees
  • 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.

Contact Alabama Surgical Associates

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Balloon

How much does the gastric balloon cost?

At Alabama Surgical Associates, we believe that each of our patients should have access to potentially life-saving weight loss procedures. This is why we offer highly competitive self-pay pricing for the gastric balloon. A member of our friendly staff can help you learn more about the cost of gastric balloon and get information on payment options we offer our patients.

Does insurance cover the gastric balloon?

Gastric balloon is not covered by most medical insurance plans. However, Alabama Surgical Associates offers some of the most competitive gastric balloon pricing in the country because we want to make weight loss surgery affordable for any budget. The total cost of the procedure, anesthesia, facility fees, 1 year of follow-up appointments and 1 year of dietitian visits is $5,995. This breaks down into monthly payments of $119 with qualified financing. Learn more about the self-pay cost of gastric balloon here.

What are the risks of gastric balloon?

Gastric balloon placement is generally considered to be safe, but any procedure does carry some risk of complications. Potential gastric balloon complications include:

  • Bowel blockage
  • Stomach perforation
  • Insufficient weight loss
  • Stomach discomfort, nausea, and vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Poor digestion
  • Stomach blockage
  • Bacterial growth in the balloon
1 Orbera. Orbera Gastric Balloon Patient Information. Available: https://www.orbera.com/. Accessed March 23, 2022.
2 Kim SH, Chun HJ, Choi HS, Kim ES, Keum B, Jeen YT. Current status of intragastric balloon for obesity treatment. World J Gastroenterol. 2016;22(24):5495-5504. doi:10.3748/wjg.v22.i24.5495. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4917609/. Accessed March 23, 2022.
3 Mayo Clinic. Intragastric Balloon. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/intragastric-balloon/about/pac-20394435. Accessed March 23, 2022.
4 Orbera. Orbera Gastric Balloon Patient Information. Available: https://www.orbera.com/. Accessed March 23, 2022.
5 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Summary of safety and effectiveness data: intragastric balloon. Available: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf14/P140008b.pdf. Accessed March 23, 2022.
6 Orbera. Orbera Gastric Balloon Patient Information. Available: https://www.orbera.com/. Accessed March 23, 2022.