Gastric Balloon

What is the Gastric Balloon Procedure?

The gastric balloon procedure is FDA-approved and is one of the most common and effective methods of bariatric procedures available today. Our team in San Diego has conducted this non-surgical procedure for years, and are regarded as one of the most trusted clinics nationwide.

The gastric balloon is a non-invasive, non-surgical method that works especially well for people who either do not qualify for surgery or are in no need of surgery. Many professionals view gastric ballooning as a tool to help patients stick to their diets more effectively and in some cases, lose up to three times the amount of weight than diet and exercise alone.

The balloon is designed to be convenient and comfortable for the patient, ensuring that there are no dramatic changes in their lifestyles or schedules.

What are the Benefits of Gastric Ballooning?

There are many benefits to gastric ballooning compared to other bariatric surgery methods. Balloons are non-surgical, non-invasive, temporary, and have post-procedure results that you can count on.

How Does Gastric Ballooning Work?

The procedure involves endoscopically placing the balloon into the patient’s stomach to encourage portion control. The balloon is roughly the size of an orange (about a third of the stomachs total volume), and remains in the patient’s stomach for 6 months

Can Weight Loss Results Be Maintained?

Many studies have shown that patients are highly successful in maintaining their weight loss for a considerable amount of time due to the changed nature of their portioning and eating habits as a whole. Additionally, the Del Mar Surgical team in San Diego conducts important counseling and education with their patients to sustain their healthy habits.

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Is the Procedure Comfortable?

The procedure is performed under sedation, takes about 30 minutes in total, and the majority of patients can go home the same day. Rest assured, our patients are usually very happy with the effortless and painless nature of this procedure.

How is the Balloon Removed?

After the 6 month period, the balloon is punctured through an endoscopic procedure and is then removed by the mouth. This process also takes roughly 30 minutes in total, the majority of patients can go home the same day.

Is the Gastric Balloon Method Right for Me?

The Gastric Balloon procedure is recommended for patients who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher, regardless of any obesity-related diseases. Furthermore, it is important that the patient is motivated and ready to make changes to their lifestyle.


Body Mass Index (BMI) Weight Loss Calculator

In order to be considered a suitable candidate for weight loss surgery, you must have either morbid obesity or obesity with co-morbid health problems such as diabetes. We use the body mass index (BMI) system to calculate your body weight:

  • BMI of 30 to 40 indicates obesity
  • BMI of higher than 40 is commonly referred to as morbid obesity.

Insurance typically covers surgery if your BMI is greater than 40, or in some instances between 35 and 40, if you have ongoing illnesses that are related to obesity. The FDA has approved weight loss surgery for people with a BMI of greater that 30, but these lower BMI categories are not typically covered by insurance.

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Olde Del Mar Surgical


At Olde Del Mar Surgical, we believe in customizing the type of surgery to the patients’ needs, expectations, and unique medical conditions. We value the input of our registered dietitian, clinical psychologist, and referring physicians when we recommend the choice of surgery for an individual patient.

Our bariatric team has performed hundreds of gastric balloon procedures within San Diego county and constantly produces some of the best outcomes and lowest complication rates in the field.

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Are You a Candidate for Gastric Balloon Surgery?

Contact us to find out if our San Diego Gastric Balloon surgery is the right solution for you.

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