If you have been unable to lose weight through regular exercise, a restricted diet, or a medical weight loss program, you may wish to consider receiving an intragastric balloon. Visit the office of Tomas Birriel MD to learn more about this surgical option.

An intragastric balloon is a primary endoscopic procedure, meaning it is usually recommended for patients who are considering their first weight loss surgery. This treatment may be right for you if:

  • Your BMI is between 30 and 40
  • You have not had a stomach or esophageal procedure in the past
  • You are ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle, regular follow-up appointments, and behavioral therapy

With endoscopic guidance, our skilled general surgeon can place a saline-filled silicone sphere in your stomach to limit your food intake and help you feel full sooner. You will be fully sedated during the procedure. First, the balloon is loaded into a catheter, which is inserted into the stomach through your mouth. Our surgeon will also orally insert an endoscope to view the balloon as he fills it with saline. This procedure typically lasts about half an hour. Prior to the procedure, our team will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare, such as any necessary exams or diet restrictions.

This procedure requires your commitment to a healthier lifestyle by making permanent alterations to your diet and exercise regime. Losing excess weight decreases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and sleep apnea.

We encourage you to contact our office at 985-384-7173 if you are considering receiving an intragastric balloon in Morgan City, Louisiana. Our general surgeon will gladly meet with you to discuss the details of the procedure and determine if it is the right weight loss option for you.