Gastric balloons (also called intragastric or stomach balloons) are temporary, removable devices that are placed in the stomach by endoscopy (through the mouth) and can remain for up to six months. Patients with a BMI above 30 are eligible for gastric balloons. In some cases they may be appropriate for patients with a BMI as low as 27.
Endoscopically placed balloons help to achieve weight loss by taking up space in the stomach, thereby restricting food intake.
Endoscopically placed stomach balloons may be considered a middle ground between medications and surgery. They offer the following advantages:
- No medications
- No surgery
- Less expensive than surgical options
- Devices are temporary and procedures are reversible
- Available to patients who may not be eligible for weight loss surgery
Doctor-endoscopist Archil Dzneladze
For more information, please call: 577 96 44 11