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Gastric Balloon Surgery in San Diego

Olde Del Mar Surgical provides specialized gastric balloon surgery and expertise in San Diego, CA.

What is Gastric Balloon Surgery?

Gastric balloon surgery is a weight-loss procedure in which a doctor places a saline-filled silicone balloon in the patient’s stomach. The balloon encourages weight-loss by limiting the amount of food the patient can eat while also making them feel full sooner after eating and for a more extended time.

How is the gastric balloon inserted?

A gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical procedure performed while you are under sedation. After an endoscopic camera confirms no abnormalities, the deflated balloon is inserted through the mouth down the esophagus into the stomach. Next, a tube filled with a saline solution inflates the balloon. The doctor will remove the tube, leaving the inflated balloon inside.

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Should You Get Gastric Balloon Surgery?

You should consider gastric balloon surgery if:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is between 27-40.
  • Diet and exercise have not resulted in weight-loss.
  • You can commit to a healthy lifestyle, including dietary changes and regular exercise.
  • Weight-loss surgery is not an option for you, or you need weight-loss assistance before surgery.
  • You are willing to participate in our outpatient follow-up program.

A gastric balloon procedure usually costs around $8,000.

Results From a Gastric Balloon Procedure

Following the procedure, you’ll start a liquid diet, which generally continues through the second week of recovery. About 90% of patients have no appetite at all, so the adjustment should be minor. After about three weeks, you’ll be able to start eating solid foods.

Gastric balloons stay in place between 6-12 months; your doctor may replace them at the time of removal, depending on the results seen and your treatment plan. Be prepared to meet frequently with your doctors, nutritionist, or psychologist to monitor your weight-loss and lifestyle.

You will likely notice that you feel full almost immediately while the gastric balloon is in place. Your appetite should normalize somewhat after about 1-2 weeks, but your appetite will still be limited. A small appetite is one of the ways the balloon encourages weight-loss. However, the weight you lose depends on your dietary habits, exercise plan, and lifestyle choices. You must be cautious about how much you eat, as overeating can quickly occur. You’ll notice bloating, reflux, hiccups, or indigestion as a result.

Average weight loss typically ranges between 7-15% over the first six months and 30-47% in total.

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease or stroke
  • Sleep apnea
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Type 2 diabetes

You Deserve Excellent, Compassionate Care

Contact Olde Del Mar Surgical to schedule a consultation for gastric balloon surgery in San Diego.
We can discuss your specific health needs to choose the right solution for you.

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