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Gastric Balloon

Mercy's Iowa City Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is the first in Iowa to offer a gastric balloon procedure. This new, U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved, non-surgical weight loss procedure, or ReShape dual balloon, is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss.

The gastric dual balloon is designed to create a feeling of fullness while providing you with comfort and safety. The gastric balloons conform to the curvature of the stomach and are designed to take up room in your stomach, which creates a feeling of fullness to help you feel satisfied with less food. The non-surgical balloon is proven to provide more than twice the weight loss of diet and exercise alone, and includes 12 months of medically-supervised nutrition and exercise coaching for long-term weight loss.

Here is a video of what life was like before some chose the balloon weight loss option:

Life Before

Current candidates for the surgery will need to be between 30-40 BMI and have a related health condition.

The gastric balloon procedure typically takes 20 minutes.  The uninflated dual balloon is placed in the stomach during an outpatient, endoscopic procedure.  Because it is done endoscopically, there are no incisions, scars or permanent changes to the digestive systems. While patients are under light anesthesia an endoscope is used to insert the balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are positioned. The ReShape dual balloon remains in the stomach for six months. After six months, the balloons are deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure. Below is a video that discusses the balloon procedure.

ReShape Patient Procedure (No CTA).mov

Here's is what is included in your gastric balloon package: 

•    Gastric balloon procedure
•    Access to a patient portal
•    Online support resource that provides important tools, recipes, reminders and information
•    Ability to track weight loss, diet, exercise and distance to goal
•    Online community where patients can interact with each other
•    One year of coaching and meetings with Mercy's lead bariatric dietitian

Although this non-surgical weight loss procedure will not take the place of surgery, it offers another option to patients who do not want or qualify for surgery based on their BMIs.  To find out more about what life was like transitioning after the balloons see this video.

Transitioning to Life Without the Balloons w B-Roll.wmv

Results from ReShape gastric balloon procedure:
•    Patients who underwent the ReShape procedure experienced 2.3 times more excess weight loss at six months compared to those who had diet and exercise program alone.
•    Patients lost up to 55 pounds in six months and up to 72 pounds in 12 months
•    Gastric dual balloon patients on average lost 47 percent of their excess weight and maintained 98 percent of their weight loss at one year

This weight loss procedure is available on a self-pay basis to patients.

Ready to get started or need additional information? Fill out Mercy’s patient questionnaire and contact Sara today 319-688-7693 or