Intragastric Balloon

Intragastric Balloon

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 qualified program of diet and exercise, intragastric balloons can be effective in producing weight loss.  The balloon can be left in for 6 months and then must be removed.  Long-term maintenance of the weight loss has been highly variable among different patient groups.  Insurance companies do not cover the cost of the balloon which can range anywhere from

$7000-10,000 in Texas.  Although our surgeons are trained on both balloon systems, they not currently offering balloon treatment as there has been little to no demand in the Corpus Christi market and their concerns over the safety and long-term benefit of balloon treatments.  For those seeking balloon treatment, we suggest looking at balloon manufactures websites to find practices currently offering this treatment.    


Reshape Intragastric Balloon

Obera Intragastric Balloon

Advantages and Disadvantages of Intragastric Balloons

        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

Safety?                                                                                                 Safety?