Intragastric Balloon

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Norton Weight Management Services offers gastric balloon placement, a nonsurgical procedure for weight loss, for patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The safe and effective weight loss solution is intended for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40.

What Is a Gastric Balloon?

The soft, yet durable, weight loss balloon is designed to fit comfortably in your stomach. It takes up space in your stomach, which encourages portion control and helps you lose weight.

The placement of the balloon is a simple, nonsurgical outpatient procedure performed under sedation while your physician places the balloon and fills it with saline solution. Once filled, the balloon is about the size of a grapefruit. The entire procedure usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, and patients can expect to go home the same day.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three balloon systems for weight loss:

  • Orbera lntragastric Balloon System
  • ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System
  • Obalon Balloon System

The Orbera and ReShape devices are put in place endoscopically. The Obalon is swallowed by the patient through guided fluoroscopy. Endoscopy is required to remove it.

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If you’re considering life-changing weight loss surgery, join us for a free informational session. A bariatric surgeon will help explore your options, answer any questions and see if we can help you start feeling and living your best.

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How Long Does a Gastric Balloon Stay in?

A gastric balloon remains in place for up to six months, and you’ll likely have monthly follow-ups. During this time you may see the most dramatic weight loss.

Our specialists will provide you with a personalized diet and exercise coaching while the balloon is in place. We’ll work with you to develop healthy habits to carry you forward in your weight loss journey. Dietitians will be available to you for six months after the removal of the gastric balloon.

Start Your Journey With a Free Seminar

If you’re considering life-changing weight loss surgery, be sure to join us for a free informational session. A bariatric surgeon will help explore your options, answer any questions and see if we can help you start feeling and living your best.

Why Norton Weight Management Services?

No health system in Louisville or Southern Indiana has been providing weight loss surgery and medical weight loss care longer than Norton Weight Management Services.

  • Norton Weight Management Services is recognized for superior care by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Anthem for expertise and efficiency in bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). These designations may be a requirement of your health insurance provider.
  • We are experienced with a full range of the latest weight loss surgery options, including gastric bypass, gastric banding and gastric sleeve.
  • Our weight loss services include guidance through the life-changing process and support through your lifelong commitment to health.
  • Our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons perform more than 500 procedures each year.
  • We typically use minimally invasive procedures, meaning most patients have just a few small incisions and may experience less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery.
  • Our comprehensive approach means you’ll be connected with the Norton Healthcare system — the largest in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
  • Our providers put you first with educational seminars, support groups, presurgical visits and testing, spacious patient rooms, a demonstration kitchen, and more at our Dupont Road location.
  • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is recognized for superior care by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It is also designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Anthem for expertise and efficiency in bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). These designations may be a requirement of your health insurance provider.

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