Gastric balloon procedure???

Laura in Texas
on 1/6/18 6:09 pm

Does anyone know anything about this surgery? I think it is pretty new, but a friend of mine is considering it. I told her to research the sleeve and RNY, but if she wants info on the balloon, I want her to have all the info she needs to make the best decision for her.


Laura in Texas

52 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 150 (BMI=24)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."

Gwen M.
on 1/6/18 6:28 pm, edited 1/6/18 10:29 am
VSG on 03/13/14

OH recently posted an article about it -- he-orbera-gastric-balloon-procedure

I commented there with: - "Since January 1, 2006, ORBERA and Reshape IGB have been implicated in 33 deaths." - "A systematic review and meta-analysis of Orbera found abdominal pain in 33.7% of patients, nausea in 29%, early removal in 7.5%, balloon migration in 1.4%, and gastrointestinal perforation in 0.1%."

https://www.ncbi - "Adverse events rates following Orbera intragastric balloon placement showed pooled incidences of pain (33.7%) and nausea (29%) as common adverse side effects. The incidence of GERD, gastric ulcers, and balloon migration was 18.3%, 2%, and 1.4%, respectively. Serious adverse events with the Orbera balloon are uncommon, with prevalences of small bowel obstruction, perforation, and death as 0.3%, 0.1% and 0.08%, respectively."

I'm also not seeing any information on long term success at maintaining weight loss, it doesn't seem like any long term studies exist?

I get the appeal - in the same way the lap band was appealing for many since it's temporary. And, in this case, it's even inserted endoscopically. I'm pretty sure you couldn't pay me enough to have this done.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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on 1/7/18 1:45 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

I think the FDA only approved this a year or 2 ago? It would be hard to have long term results if that's true.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

T Hagalicious Rebel

on 1/6/18 7:28 pm - Brooklyn
VSG on 04/25/14 with

I agree with Gwen. It's the same concept as the band & we can see how well that went. I saw this advertised at the oh conference a few years ago. It reminds me too much of that other procedure that encouraged throwing up your food.

Besides the idea of filling up the balloon with less air cuz a person might want to eat more that day for a trip or whatever kinda defeats the purpose, imo.

No one surgery is better than the other, what works for one may not work for another. T-Rebel

on 1/7/18 11:36 am, edited 1/7/18 3:36 am

I have heard nothing but bad things about it. Even if I was offered it for free, I would not do it. Even the band is not a good idea. I suggest showing your friend the articles Gwen posted.

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018

Cecily C.
on 1/7/18 5:32 pm - CA
VSG on 02/22/17

Given that the goal is to take it out after a few months, I'm not sure how it differs from any other fad diet?

Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 GW: 170 CW: 166.2

Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-12.2 M3:-9 M4:-12 M5:-11 M6:-8.4 M7:-10.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-6.8 M10:-7 Goal reached 11/9/17! (37 weeks, 1 day) First plastics (LBL, medial thigh lift, fat transfer to rear) 5/08/18

Valerie G.
on 1/8/18 7:19 am - Northwest Mountains, GA

I was kind of thinking the same, maybe if you wanted to starve yourself to fit into a wedding dress, but is that the kind of behavior that the FDA or anyone wants to encourage?

11 years post op DS 
There is room on this earth for all of God's to the mashed potatoes

on 1/8/18 7:22 am - Arlington, TX
VSG on 08/17/16

I don't have access to the articles right now, but they've had an unexpected number of deaths that may be related to the balloon. I wouldn't do it if they paid me. If we can't control our weight without intervention, that intervention needs to be permanent. Otherwise it's just making the yo-yo cycle worse. JMHO.

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on 1/8/18 8:12 am - OK
RNY on 05/16/16

My doctor's office is doing this. According to what the nurse told me, it's more for folks needing to lose 20-40 pounds, and just want a jumpstart...

I don't think it's intended for S/MO folks.

I would align it with any other diet out there... just perhaps with a few more risks.

Height 5'5" HW 260 SW 251 CW 141.6 (2/27/18)

RNY 5-16-16 Pre-Op 9lbs, M1-18.5lbs, M2-18.1lbs, M3-14.8lbs, M4-10.4lbs, M5-9.2lbs, M6-7lbs, M7-6.2lbs, M8-8.8lbs,M9-7.8lbs, M10-1 lb, M11-.6lbs, M12-4.4lbs

on 1/8/18 11:08 am - AZ
RNY on 04/06/15

My surgeons office is now offering the Gastric Balloon procedure, and their website indicates its targeted to those who don't qualify for surgery. I was just on the phone with them (for another purpose) so I asked - the PA says they currently counsel this for very young patients or those who are below the qualifying BMI threshold.

I hope it helps.



137 pounds lost - from a 24/26W to a size 8/10!