Many of you have asked about the stomach balloon technology that has been all a-buzz in the media lately. I have recently begun collecting names of patients that are interested in these advanced devices. I perform the procedures under conscious sedation (no general anesthetic), through the mouth (no incisions, no scars). Using an endoscope, I insert a shaped balloon into the stomach, and inflate it to a certain amount that reduces hunger, and increases fullness.
The balloons are temporary, and must be removed 6 months after insertion, also with an endoscope, and also under sedation, without general anesthetic. Patients go home the same day in both cases, and have been shown to achieve as much as 40% excess weight loss in some studies.
The procedure is not for everyone. Patients with large hiatal hernias, or previous bariatric surgeries, or active ulcer disease generally do not qualify, and the balloons are currently only approved for patients with a BMI between 30-40 kg/m2.
Insurance does not currently pay for gastric balloon therapy, but we have worked out a very reasonable self-pay price, and financing is available.
If you are interested, please call my office at 720-851-1610 so we can get you started. The balloon technology is a very exciting adjunct to our practice, and I am very pleased to be the first surgeon in the region to offer one of the dual balloons, as seen in the media.