What is the Intra-Gastric balloon procedure?
An intra-gastric balloon aims to reduce feelings of hunger and help you feel fuller for longer after eating only small meals. This type of weight loss treatment can help you lose weight without invasive surgery.
During the procedure a soft balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth, using an endoscope (a thin, flexible telescope). The balloon is then filled with saline solution to partially fill your stomach, leaving less room for large amounts of food or drink. The gastric balloon is designed to be a temporary weight loss solution, and must be removed after six months. Typically it is used for patients with a BMI of 30-40, but it is also sometimes used to help patients lose enough weight to to be candidates for gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery.
Single vs Dual Gastric Balloon
What is Orbera® Intra-gastric Balloon?
This system is suitable for individuals who may not yet be in the morbidly obese range, but need to lose 15-25kg in order to jump start their weight loss program.
The Orbera® balloon is inserted non-surgically through the mouth.
The Orbera® balloon is put in place within the stomach.
The Orbera® balloon is filled.
The Orbera® balloon is left in the stomach until time of removal.
Orbera is a single balloon with a total 550cc fill volume. Orbera has an established device history and floats freely in the stomach
What is The Reshape Duo Intra-gastric Balloon?
The Reshape Duo Intra-gastric balloon evenly distributes 450cc’s in two different balloons
and represents a real step forward in gastric balloon design. It builds on years of knowledge and published results from the basic single balloon to incorporate a unique dual balloon design. This is more of a cutting edge, next generation device
With a fill volume of over twice that of a single balloon, the ReShape Duo™ has the theoretical potential of better weight loss and is designed to conform better to the stomach’s natural curvature than a single balloon with less movement.
These balloons are independently filled and sealed so in the unlikely event of a balloon deflating, the other balloon holds the device in place.
Note that gastric balloons cannot be used in patients who have already had Lap Band, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass!