New Jersey Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon
Palisades Plastic Surgery Procedure Page — Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon
For patients who may not tolerate surgery or are looking for temporary weight loss support, one possible option is implanting a saline-filled balloon in the stomach, a procedure known as an endoscopic intragastric balloon. This procedure is considered temporary, typically for six months or less.
The procedure is performed endoscopically, with a medical-grade silicone balloon positioned inside the stomach, then filled with a sterile saline (salt water) solution. The balloon remains in the stomach for the duration of its use. It displaces a volume of the internal stomach contents, thereby allowing the patient to eat less yet still have the sensation of fullness. It is not recommended for patients with eating disorders, who may continue to over-eat after implantation of the balloon. It is also not a cure for diabetes or other factors related to improper diets and nutrition. Patients who accept an endoscopic intragastric balloon procedure should be on a diet and nutrition plan to lose weight, and must be accepting of therapies and advice for weight loss. This is important because the balloon is considered a temporary treatment, and the patient must continue their diet plan after the balloon is removed.
The positives of an endoscopic intragastric balloon are:
- No surgical procedure is required
- The balloon can be removed quickly if for some reason the patient does not tolerate it
- The cost may be lower than a surgical gastric bypass or band procedure
- It is an effective procedure for patients looking for temporary weight loss support
- Minimal anesthesia is required for the procedure, and recovery is rapid
- No drugs are used to support the patient’s weight loss program
- It can provide a positive weight loss while a patient develops a long-term weight management program
Possible negatives of the procedure include:
- It is a temporary fix to moderate food intake
- It is not recommended for patients with unstable diabetes
- Vomiting and nausea can occur after insertion of the balloon
- Some patients may not tolerate having a restriction device inside their stomach
If you are interested in an endoscopic intragastric balloon or other weight loss surgery, please contact Palisade Plastic Surgery Associates at (201) 585-2388. Our top plastic surgeons in NJ are conveniently located at 1567 Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee, NJ. We will be happy to consult with you on any cosmetic or plastic surgery needs you may have.