Intragastric Balloon: A Nonsurgical Alternative


An intragastric balloon can benefit patients looking to lose a significant amount of weight without undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. During the intragastric balloon procedure, Dr. Liza María Pompa González will insert an ORBERA® gastric balloon inside your stomach to reduce its capacity for food by half. The size of the gastric balloon will vary depending on the patients’ stomach size, gender, and height. This procedure is performed at our state-of-the-art surgical facility at LIMARP® in Tijuana, Mexico. With an intragastric balloon, patients can experience the long-term benefits of learning portion control while simultaneously losing weight.

What is an Intragastric Balloon Procedure?

This treatment involves inserting a saline-filled silicone balloon inside your stomach to help you feel fuller faster by limiting the amount of food consumed. Although stomach size varies from one patient to the next, the average stomach is around 1.5 liters in volume. Once the silicone balloon is inserted into your stomach, it is filled with a saline solution in order to occupy about half of your stomach.

The ORBERA intragastric balloon provides patients with a nonsurgical approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life.

At LIMARP, we use the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon, a resilient gastric balloon made from soft silicone. After a six-month period, patients are able to lose a significant amount of weight, up to three times more than with regular diet and exercise alone.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Pompa will perform a diagnostic endoscopy to ensure you are a good candidate. At LIMARP, the intragastric balloon procedure is performed as a simple, nonsurgical outpatient procedure under mild sedation in less than 30 minutes. Once you are comfortable, the deflated ORBERA gastric balloon is inserted into your stomach through your esophagus. Dr. Pompa will then use a syringe to fill the balloon with a safe and sterile saline solution to the proper size. You will then be taken to a comfortable recovery room where you will be monitored for a two-hour period before released to go home.

What to Expect during Recovery

After your procedure, you will work closely with a dietician and specialist trained in the ORBERA weight loss system to develop healthy eating habits in order to maximize your results. These healthy habits will not only aid you in achieving your weight loss goals, but also help you maintain a healthy weight. Patients typically achieve the most weight loss in the first six months. Once you have successfully responded to your new and improved healthy lifestyle, the balloon will be deflated and removed. It is important that once the balloon is removed you continue your healthy eating habits and exercise plan.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Compared to other surgical weight loss procedures, the intragastric balloon procedure provides patients with many benefits, including:

  • Nonsurgical treatment 

  • Reversible treatment

  • No incisions or sutures
  • Minimal recovery
  • Fast and effective results

Contact Us Today

The ORBERA intragastric balloon provides patients with a nonsurgical approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about this weight loss technique, contact our office online or call (866) 585-3298 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Pompa.

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