Are you looking for a less invasive but effective procedure to lose weight? One of the most popular non-surgical options that we offer is the Intragastric Balloon, or more commonly known as the Gastric Balloon.

In the Gastric Balloon procedure, a balloon is inflated in the stomach to temporarily decrease the stomach capacity/volume and induce weight loss. The goal of this procedure is to be somewhere in between major weight loss surgery and dieting/exercise. The gastric balloon works best with a structured program and lifestyle changes.

Orbera Gastric Balloon Procedure Diagram
Gastric Balloon Before and After Pictures female

How Does Gastric Balloon Work?

The Gastric Balloon procedure takes less than 30 minutes and does not require anesthesia. It remains in place for six months with Orbera and up to one year with Spatz. The balloon placement involves inserting a deflated silicone balloon through the mouth, into the stomach. Then it is inflated with air/gas or saline to 500 ml in volume. On average the stomach can hold 1500 ml of volume, making the stomach capacity only two-thirds of what it was before.

Our All-Inclusive Gastric Balloon Package

Mexico Bariatric Center® offers Orbera as well as Spatz 3 gastric balloon options at discounted prices within our all-inclusive package. We are the only facility that offers hospital stay after balloon placement to improve patient care and reduce potential complications as you are monitored by medical staff.

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU (1 nights)

  • Network of Bariatric Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • 24/7 Surgical Team and Nursing Staff

  • 4.5 Star Hotel (1 night)

  • Pre-Op + Post-Op Nutrition Program

  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • No Hidden Fees

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Types of Gastric Balloon

There are several types of intragastric balloons:

  • ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss System – made by Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. (FDA-Approved)
    • Orbera stays in the stomach for up to 6 months
  • Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System (COFEPRIS-Approved)
    • Spatz3 stays in the stomach for up to 12 months
  • ReShape Duo Balloon System (FDA-Approved)
    • ReShape Duo stays in the stomach for up to 6 months
  • Obalon® Intragastric Balloon System (just received FDA Approval)
    • Obalon stays in the stomach for up to 6 months

Balloon Comparison:
– Orbera vs. ReShape Duo vs. Spatz
– Gastric Balloon vs. Obalon

  • Gastric Balloon Before and After Pictures female
  • Gastric Balloon Before and After Pictures male

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Do I Qualify for Gastric Balloon in Mexico?

Here are the general candidacy requirements to see if you qualify for gastric balloon. There may be more requirements dependent on your medical history and bariatric provider.

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40. (BMI = 27+ in Mexico)

  • It is not currently advised if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.

  • You’re willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes.

  • You have not had any previous stomach or gastric surgery.

Many patients return to their doctor/surgeon to convert from gastric balloon to gastric sleeve if weight loss is insufficient.

Why Choose Gastric Balloon

The “stomach balloon or weight loss balloon” does have advantages as a less-invasive procedure, but it also has disadvantages in terms of effectiveness, losing weight, and overall success.

Like with any other bariatric surgery, there are pros and cons to the gastric balloon.

Main reasons people get the Gastric Balloon:

  • Lower BMI patients who want to lose 20-30 pounds.
  • Extremely high-BMI patients who need to lose weight to get to a safer weight to undergo more effective procedures like gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass surgery.

Other reasons

  • Non-surgical: The balloon is inserted orally into your stomach in a fast and efficient manner.
  • Non-invasive: This procedure requires such mild work that many can go home the same day.
  • Temporary: The balloon only remains within the stomach for 6 months (one year for Spatz) before removal.
Orbera Gastric Balloon in Mexico - Orbera

Cost of Gastric Balloon in Mexico

A lot of people flock the gastric balloon because it’s less expensive compared to other bariatric procedures – hoping to find long-term success losing weight.

  • United States – $7,000 – $12,700
  • Canada – $10,700
  • Costa Rica – $4,900
  • Thailand – $4,700
  • India – $4,450
  • Australia – $4,500 – $8,000
  • Mexico – Starting at $3,695

Mexico Bariatric Center (MBC) offers the two leading intragastric balloons ORBERA and Spatz3 with a proven track record in Tijuana, Mexico at affordable prices. Gastric balloon prices for insertion, adjustment (only Spatz) and removal are quoted separately. We can provide you with accurate feedback about your candidacy and can help save 60-70% of what you could expect to pay for gastric balloon in the United States.

Starting price for gastric balloon in Tijuana is $3,995 $3,695*

Expected Weight Loss with Gastric Balloon

The balloon is primarily recommended for those that are prepared to adopt lifestyle changes for the rest of their life. Patients must be serious and are expected to teach themselves better eating and exercise habits and to continue those practices after the balloon is removed.

Although the intragastric balloon has not been widely studied, some studies found that (publish data), in six months, patients can lose up to 35% of their excess weight – an average of 1 to 2 lbs per week. This compares nicely with the expected 50% with gastric banding and 65% with gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Gastric Balloon Pros and Cons

Advantages of Gastric Balloon

  • No Major Surgery – Less Invasive
  • No Cutting, Stomach Stapling, Stomach Removal, or
  • Temporary (Reversible)
  • Removable
  • Limited Risks and Side Effects

Disadvantages of Gastric Balloon

  • Possible weight gain after removed
  • May cause discomfort
  • Diet and exercise regimen required to be truly effective
  • Risk of rupture, especially if the it stays in the stomach longer.
  • Bowel obstruction due to the migration of an IGB

Gastric Balloon Health Benefits

The gastric balloon basically gives just enough time to change your lifestyle and eating habits so that once it gets removed, patients must try their absolute best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For a more effective procedure, check out gastric sleeve surgery!

The low BMI requirements and the non-surgical component make the gastric balloon easier to qualify for. Also, it is one of the only weight loss options currently available for cosmetic reasons – not only health reasons. Another benefit is the gastric balloon may be a better choice for those that want minimal recovery time.

Similar with other weight loss procedures, the intragastric balloon may improve or even resolve obesity-related health problems including;

  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis (Joint Pain)
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • High Cholesterol

Balloon Side Effects, Risks, and Complications

If you have any medical risks due to problems with your bowels/intestines (such as bowel obstruction), any esophageal injuries, and other related issues, you may want to think about a different weight loss procedure. The procedure often produces cramping, nausea, vomiting, gastro-oesophageal reflux and discomfort immediately following placement. There is a slight risk of balloon deflation while inside the stomach, which can cause obstruction.

When the Gastric Balloon Doesn’t Work

There is always a chance for any weight loss surgery to face weight gain or failure. The problem with gastric balloon is after it is removed, there is nothing besides willpower and determination in the way of regaining weight and going back to bad habits.

This is why it is so critical to be 110% committed to making serious lifestyle changes. These include dietary changes, exercise, eating habits, post-op diet, and changing your overall life. Conversion of failed stomach balloon can be done through stomach stapling.

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* Prices are subject to change. Not valid on blackout dates. Prices depend on the surgeon, surgery, additional fees, and schedule. Prices may rise because of BMI levels and previous abdominal surgeries. The prices shown here are for gastric balloon implementation only.

** All of the testimonials are covered in our disclaimers. Individuals’ results will vary; there is no guarantee stated or implied.

Last Updated: Jan 2020 by Ron Elli, Ph.D.