Gastric balloon

If you had problems losing weight and you had tried many times without achieving it, you are now in the right place. I am here for you, to instruct you and teach you what you need to know about obesity, weight loss and bariatric procedures like gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and more. I’m based in the Dominican Republic and welcome patients from all around the globe to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Thank you for taking this time in the search of options to improve your health. Guiding you will be an honor.

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What are Intragastric Balloons?

Intragastric balloons are soft, yet durable, silicone spheres that take up space in a patient’s stomach and help reinforce proper portion control by providing a feeling of being full with less food consumption.

While the patient is under mild sedation, a thin, deflated balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth. Once in place, the balloon is filled with a saline solution. The solution also contains a blue tint so that it can be easily detected in the urine in case the balloon is broken. The balloon can be filled with different amounts of solution to match the structure of your body.

The balloon stays in your stomach for up to 12 months before being removed by your doctor. In particular it can be adjusted in the middle of the process.

Who Qualifies for an Intragastric Balloon?

Intragastric balloons are intended for adult patients who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 kg/m2, and who have tried other weight-loss programs but were unable to lose weight or keep it off. Intragastric balloons are also an option for individuals who do not want or do not qualify for more invasive bariatric surgery.

How Does an Intragastric Balloon Work?

Intragastric balloons occupy existing space in your stomach for six months, serving as a built-in portion control so you may feel full and satisfied with less food. After six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed, endoscopically. Through a procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated and then removed through the esophagus and mouth.

Who it's for

An intragastric balloon may be an option for you if:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 33.
  • You’re willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes and regular medical follow-up, as well as to participate in behavioral therapy.
  • You have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery.
  • Intragastric balloons aren’t the right choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help your doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you.


We provide pre-surgical evaluations and perform surgical procedures in our main office located at Luis F. Thomén # 457 Dominican Medical Center Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Obesity is a complex and chronic medical disease. From the clinical history and eating behaviors to a series of psychological concerns, our patients are thoroughly evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. Our team uses the latest in research, technology, nutritional, behavioral and psychological support to provide our patients the best possible care.

Due to our experience with all bariatric surgery options, our experts can accurately recommend the best surgical treatment for each patient.