How the Re-Shape Gastric Balloon Works
The Gastric Balloon is a plastic device placed into the stomach using a flexible endoscope without a general anesthetic. The procedure takes only a few minutes while the patient is under deep IV sedation. Once in place the balloon is filled to an amount based on the individual patient’s characteristics. The scope is removed and the patient is allowed to wake up from the sedation. Patients will go home within 2 hours of the procedure.
Prior to Gastric Balloon placement the patient will enroll in a Program directed by Doctor Marvin which includes a comprehensive medical assessment, consultation with a registered dietician, and an appointment with an exercise specialist. The patient will be seen at regular intervals with ongoing education and assessment by Doctor Marvin and the other specialists. The Gastric Balloon is removed at a second endoscopic procedure after 6 months per the requirements of the FDA. The Program will cover 12 months, with medical and dietary assessments continuing after removal.