Intragastric Balloon (IGB)
A Non-Surgical Procedure That Supports 2x Faster Weight Loss
For patients who are not set on undergoing bariatric surgery, there are many non-surgical options available for patients who need help losing weight. The gastric balloon is an endobariatric procedure, meaning it is performed endoscopically using a small camera to insert a balloon in the stomach the esophagus.
The goal of endoscopic procedures is to fill the gap between undergoing surgery and pharmacotherapy, diet, and exercise. The Intragastric Balloon Weight Management System uses a non-surgical approach but fulfills the same primary principle of other bariatric surgeries.
This procedure works by inflating a balloon in the stomach through the endoscope using an endoscope – a small tube to insert the balloon with a camera. The purpose of the gastric balloon is to make people feel full through creating restriction, similar to gastric sleeve surgery and gastric banding. The presence of the balloon in the stomach also delays the food discharge and patient stays full longer.
Intragastric Balloon also called tummy balloon or belly balloon is typically part of a structured weight loss program incorporating a healthy gastric balloon diet and exercise.
Types of Intragastric Balloons
There are several leading types of intragastric balloons including:
- ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss System – made by Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. (FDA-Approved)
- Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System (COFEPRIS-Approved)
- ReShape Duo Balloon System (FDA-Approved)
- Obalon® Intragastric Balloon System (just received FDA Approval)
Currently, Mexico Bariatric Center offers the two leading intragastric balloons with a proven track record: Orbera and the Spatz3. MBC is the only company that offers stay at the hospital for patients to be cared and monitored after the procedure.