Notice: Users may be experiencing issues with displaying some pages on stanfordhealthcare.org. We are working closely with our technical teams to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
You have a number of options when deciding on the best weight loss options. You should have questions. Here are some of the common questions we are asked, and answers to help. If you’d like more information, please contact us.
Is intragastric balloon right for me?
If your body mass index (BMI) is between 30-40 and you haven’t had bariatric surgery, the balloon may work for you. Use our BMI calculator to determine your BMI.
How much weight can I lose with intragastric balloon?
You can expect to lose an average of 30-50 pounds but the amount of weight lost varies by patients.
What are the risks of intragastric balloon?
Risks are very low (less than 1%) but may include ulcers, balloon deflation, or obstruction.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Not routinely. Check with our office for a price estimate and payment options.
Is intragastric balloon surgery?
The intragastric balloon is not surgery. It is an endoscopic procedure and does not require a change in your anatomy or general anesthesia.