The gastric balloon system consists of a soft, expandable balloon, a special tube that is used for placing and filling the balloon in the stomach, and a special balloon liquid filler.  That construction allows the doctor to place a gastric balloon through the mouth and esophagus of the patient in the stomach and then fill it with sterile saline. After filling the balloon is too large to enter the intestine and will float freely in the stomach. Who can use a gastric balloon? The system is designed to help people who weigh at least 40% more than they should and have not managed to get a long-term weight loss using other methods. The gastric balloon may be particularly helpful to people who have […]

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