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Balloon Contents Saline and methylene blue dye Saline and methylene blue dye Nitrogen gas
Qualifying BMI 30-40 30-40 30-40
Placement Through endoscopy which is an outpatient procedure performed under sedation, duration is about 20-30 mins. Through endoscopy which is an outpatient procedure performed under sedation, duration is about 20-30 mins. A compressed balloon contained within a dissolvable capsule and attached to a thin catheter is swallowed and once inside the stomach, the capsule dissolves and the balloon is inflated with gas. Catheter is removed. 3 balloons are swallowed over a period of 3 months. It typically takes less than 10 minutes per balloon and does not require sedation.
Removal Endoscopically the balloon is deflated and retrieved after 6 months. Endoscopically the balloon is deflated and retrieved after 6 months. Endoscopically all of the balloons are punctured and retrieved after 6 months.
Excess Weight Loss 30+% 30+% ~10%
Recovery Time Within a few hours after sedation medication has worn off. Within a few hours after sedation medication has worn off. No recovery time. You are able to resume daily activities once you leave the doctor’s office.