What is a Gastric Balloon?

A gastric balloon, also commonly known as an intragastric balloon or belly balloon, is a soft balloon that is inserted into your stomach through your mouth using an endoscope. There is no cut or incision involved during the process. Therefore, there is no scar to worry about.
   This balloon is made of silicone and is filled with saline solution (similar to Gatorade), which partially fills your stomach, leaving less room for food and drinks. The gastric balloon is designed to be temporarily placed in your stomach and is removed after six months. 
With the gastric balloon in place, you sense early and prolonged fullness after and between meals. These balloons have been used extensively in other part of the world and have recently been approved for use in the United States.

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