The intra gastric balloon procedure was specifically designed for patients with a lower BMI (between 30–40).


Arch Bariatrics LLC before and after weight-loss surgery
Arch Bariatrics LLC before and after weight loss surgery
Arch Bariatrics LLC before and after weight loss surgery

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Arch Bariatrics offers a  comprehensive weight loss program and can help you decide if the Gastric Balloon procedure is right for you.

Gastric balloon procedure is a new FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. It is completely different from any diet or exercise program. The gastric balloon may be a good weight loss option for people who do not qualify or do not want surgery.


With the gastric balloon, a balloon filled with saline (salt water) is placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 15-20 minutes while you are comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. An endoscope is used to insert the gastric balloon into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloon once it is properly positioned. The gastric balloon remains in the stomach for six months.


When filled with saline, the balloons help you lose weight and encourage healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach, so there is less space for food. You can still eat the healthy foods you enjoy, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you feel full and less hungry.


After six months, the gastric balloon is deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure.


Intra gastric balloon is a nonsurgical way to achieve significant weight loss. Studies have shown that weight loss is better than diet and exercise alone and many patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloon is removed.


The gastric balloon placement is completed endoscopically, without surgery, in an outpatient setting. There are no incisions, scars, or permanent changes to your digestive system. The procedure is completely reversible, and patients are often able to return to work and normal activities in just a few days.


The Endoscopic balloon procedure is not for everyone. Please discuss with the surgeon if it is right for you.

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