An intragastric balloon provides three times the weight loss than diet and exercise alone. This safe and effective procedure places a small balloon in your stomach helping you to feel full faster. Roper St. Francis Bariatric & Metabolic Services was one of the first centers in South Carolina to be certified to place intragastric balloons.
What is an Intragastric Balloon
Our intragastric balloon two-part program is designed to provide effective, motivating results that you can see. It starts with a soft balloon placed in your stomach for six months that helps you eat smaller meals.
You will also receive coaching from a team of experts that includes a physician, dietician and behavioral health expert. Even after your balloon is removed we will continue to coach you, for a total of one year of coaching.
The Procedure: Placement and removal
An intragastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure that is done under a sedative. The thin and deflated balloon is placed into the stomach. It is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes so you can go home the very same day.
After six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. Through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated first then removed.
What to Expect
Weight loss with an intragastric balloon is rapid, with the majority of weight loss typically occurring in the first three months of treatment. The adjustments to your eating habits and your continued efforts to stay active will greatly influence your results.
Who Qualifies for the Intragastric Balloon
- Adults only
- Must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40
- Be willing to participate in medically supervised coaching
Procedure Cost & Coverage
An intragastric balloon has no health insurance coverage. The placement/removal procedures, device and a full 12 months of coaching and support will cost $7,000. If needed, we can refer you for financing options.
To speak with one of our Roper St. Francis experts about an intragastric balloon, call (843) 958-2590