The ReShape balloon – also known as the weight loss balloon – is an FDA approved device that helps many patients lose more weight than with diet and exercise alone. In studies, patients with the balloon lose about 3 times the weight of patients who only dieted. The balloon takes up space in your stomach, motivating you to eat smaller meals, and helping you feel full for a longer period of time.

The weight loss balloon program includes 6 months of time with the balloon in place, and another 6 months after the balloon is removed. During this year, you’ll work with experts to learn about lifestyle change that will maximize your weight loss.

The ReShape gastric balloon is offered in our California offices. The balloon placement procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and is done under light sedation. While the patient is asleep, our doctors place the balloon in the stomach using a thin tube that goes down the throat. The balloon is then filled with saline. After 6 months in place, the balloon is removed in a similar procedure in our offices.

Patients often find that they lose weight quickly at first with the balloon, which can bring extra motivation through the process. After the balloon is removed, we’ll work with you to maintain your weight loss or continue to lose weight using the new lifestyle changes you’ve made.

When you decide to lose weight with ReShape, you’ll get a FitBit activity tracker, and a bluetooth scale as part of the program. These devices can communicate automatically with the ReShape patient portal. You’ll be able to access the portal and track your weight loss, see your activity patterns, and use all the online tools included. During the first 6 months of our weight loss program, you’ll learn new eating habits including portion control and how to make healthier food choices. After the balloon is removed, many patients maintain the weight they lost – or even lose more weight – because of the positive changes they’ve made in how they eat.

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