Jefferson University Hospitals

Intragastric Balloon

The Intragastric Balloon is a round balloon made of soft, latex-free silicone material designed to help with nonsurgical weight loss.

How Does It Work?

During an endoscopic bariatric procedure, the empty balloon is passed through the mouth, the esophagus and into the stomach. Once in the stomach the balloon is filled with fluid, becoming about the size of a grapefruit. Once the balloon is in place, there will be less room for food to fill the stomach. The balloon triggers stomach stretch receptors, slows stomach emptying and turns on hormones that lead to increased feelings of fullness.

This procedure is not typically covered by medical insurance. 

Dr. Austin Chiang explains more in the video below:

Post-Procedure Care

A careful diet must be followed for 6 months after the balloon is placed. Candidates for the intragastric balloon must be willing to follow a 12-month program that includes a healthy diet and exercise plan.

A dietitian and other members of the endoscopic treatment team will support and guide you along the way. In large prospective trials, balloon-related weight loss was associated with reduced cholesterol, triglycerides, ALT, systolic blood pressure and HbA1c. 

Make an Appointment

Learn more about our intragastric balloon procedure and other treatments available through the Comprehensive Weight Management Center at Jefferson Health.

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to schedule an appointment.