Gastric Balloon Procedure

Surgeons at Rush are highly experienced in using minimally invasive gastric balloon surgery to help patients with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 lose weight.

Surgeons at Rush are highly experienced in using minimally invasive gastric balloon surgery to help patients with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 lose weight.

Surgeons at Rush are highly experienced in using minimally invasive gastric balloon surgery to help patients with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 lose weight.

Gastric balloon surgery is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that helps you lose weight. A device is placed into the stomach using a small tube called an endoscope and is then inflated with saline solution.

The balloon makes you feel fuller and helps you eat less. It is removed after six months.

Who Would Benefit From Gastric Balloon Surgery?

If you have a body mass index, or BMI, between 30 and 40, you may be a candidate for gastric balloon surgery. Since you will likely have significant weight loss, a gastric balloon procedure may help in the treatment of conditions related to obesity, which include the following:

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

In clinical trials, patients lost approximately one-quarter to one-half of their excess weight following the procedure.

Rush Excellence in Gastric Balloon Procedures

  • National accreditation: Rush is nationally accredited in bariatric surgery by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Accreditation is given to programs that exceed the national standards in quality and patient safety.
  • Experienced bariatric surgeons: Bariatric surgeons at Rush have performed more than 2,000 bariatric procedures. Research suggests that experienced surgeons have better outcomes and lower complication rates.
  • Comprehensive weight management: We take a well-rounded approach to weight loss efforts. You can work with behavioral counselors and registered dietitians, and participate in a fitness program to complement your gastric balloon procedure.