Dual Intragastric Balloon Procedure
Life-changing weight loss, no surgery required.
The dual intragastric balloon procedure is a new, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss.
Two connected balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside the stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 20-30 minutes while the patient is comfortably sedated. An endoscope is used to insert the balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. Once the balloons are inflated, the endoscope is removed and the insertion procedure is complete. The balloons remain in the stomach for 6 months.
When filled with saline, the balloons take up room in the stomach, so there is less space for food. Patients can eat the same healthy foods, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping patients to feel full and less hungry.
After six months, the balloons are deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure.
Is the dual intragastric balloon procedure right for you?
- BMI between 30-40 with a co-morbidity*
- No previous weight loss surgery
- Willingness to make changes to support a healthy lifestyle
*A condition or disorder that commonly accompanies obesity is called a “co-morbidity.” In order to qualify for the procedure, the patient must have at least one of these conditions. Consult with your doctor if you are not sure whether you have any obesity-related conditions.
Only the dual intragastric balloon procedure places two connected, medical-grade and saline-filled balloons inside the stomach for six months. The dual balloon is designed to conform to the curvature of the stomach for comfort, and also includes an anti-migration feature, so if one balloon deflates, the second balloon prevents the device from passing into the intestines for increased safety.
The balloon placement is completed endoscopically, without surgery, in an outpatient setting. There are no incisions, scars, or permanent changes to the digestive system. The procedure is completely reversible, and patients are often able to return to work and normal activities in just a few days.
The balloons are a weight loss jump-start. Many patients experience rapid weight loss initially, providing the motivation required to keep going and make the changes stick. Patients also receive a full year of monthly coaching sessions with a registered dietitian to support success and help make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living.
The dual intragastric balloon procedure provides a personalized pathway broken down into three phases over 12 months. Each phase is specifically designed to assist patients at key stages during the weight loss journey:
The weight loss journey begins with a personalized evaluation. Patients receive the education needed to prepare for success.
- Jump Start
With the help of the balloons, paired with personalized coaching, patients focus on healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits to maximize success.
- Healthy Living
After the balloons are removed, patients receive six months of continued support to help achieve and maintain optimal weight and a healthy lifestyle.
One Year of Comprehensive Coaching and Support
The procedure combines the portion-controlling benefits of the balloons with comprehensive coaching to change eating habits, enhance physical fitness, and help adopt a healthy lifestyle that supports long-term success. While the balloons are inside the stomach, patients will meet (monthly) with coaches and receive personalized nutrition, fitness, and behavior guidance to help maximize success. After the balloons are removed, patients will continue to meet with a coaching team to make sure that a healthy lifestyle is maintained. With ongoing coaching support, most patients maintain their weight loss or continue to lose weight.
Patients also have access to the a patient portal, a comprehensive tool that has everything needed to track success. The portal includes: weight logging, food logging, activity tracking, goal setting, articles and recipes, community forums, important reminders, and the ability to easily share data with a doctor.
Life-Changing Weight Loss, Without Surgery
The dual intragastric balloon procedure is a proven way to achieve significant weight loss. In a recent study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with the procedure than with diet and exercise alone.1 Most patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed.
The dual intragastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical option. If you do not want or do not qualify for surgery, the procedure may be a good option for you.
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1. Ponce J, Woodman G, Swain J, et al; for the REDUCE Pivotal Trial Investigators. The REDUCE pivotal trial: a prospective, randomized controlled pivotal trial of a dual intragastric balloon for the treatment of obesity [published online ahead of print December 16, 2014]. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2014. 12.006.