Understanding how the intragastric balloon procedure works
An intragastric balloon is a newer kind of weight-loss procedure. The steps below outline how it is performed.
First, a deflated silicone balloon is inserted into a patient's stomach through the patients mouth as shown in the photo below. This allows the procedure to be done without surgical incisions or scars. This is done while the patient is asleep.
Once the balloon is inserted, it is inflated using a saline solution. The inflated balloon helps patients lose weight by limiting how much they can eat and making them feel fuller faster.
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. Mayo Clinic's program includes support from staff in our Healthy Living Program and other specialties to help patients make these changes.
After six months, the balloon is removed. Again, this portion is done using an endoscope so there are no surgical incisions or scars.
You can learn more about what to expect from the procedure on MayoClinic.org.