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Intragastric balloons are balloons that are placed inside of the stomach. The balloons take up space in the stomach so that patients can eat less food and still feel full. When combined with a good program of diet and exercise, intragastric balloons are quite effective in producing weight loss. The balloon can be left in for 6 months and then must be removed.
Our surgeons offer the following balloon systems:

Advantages Disadvantages
Does not involve surgery Cost, procedure not covered by insurance
No down time from work Long term maintenance of weight loss unknown
More weight loss than with diet and exercise alone Some won’t tolerate the balloon in their stomach
Excellent safety profile