Gastric Balloon: A Non-Surgical Weight Loss Tool 

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If you are looking for an effective, non-surgical tool to help you lose up to 70 pounds, the gastric balloon – or weight loss balloon - may be a good option. Although you may hear the balloon called “gastric balloon surgery,” this is inaccurate because the balloon procedure is not a surgical treatment.

What Is A Gastric Balloon?

Dr. Shawn Garber was one of the first doctors in the country who was trained on balloons, and since the FDA approved these devices, he has the most experience in gastric balloon placement in the country.

Patients in the following areas:

  • New York City
  • Long Island
  • Manhattan
  • Westchester
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut locations

Those considering the gastric balloon in NYC for weight loss can seek the expertise of Dr. Garber and the New York Bariatric Group team through a consultation.

BREAKING NEWS: The FDA just approved the Obalon Balloon Capsule, a non-surgical gastric balloon system. The Obalon Balloon Capsule is the first and only FDA-approved gas-filled weight loss balloon, designed for convenience and comfort. While other gastric balloon products are designed to be inserted surgically, the Obalon Balloon Capsule eliminates the need for any incision. The patient simply swallows a small capsule, which then dissolves in the stomach to allow the Obalon Balloon Capsule to expand. 

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These NON-SURGICAL procedures use what is referred to as a gastric balloon. By following the Obalon Balloon Capsule or Orbera™ Managed Weight Loss Programs, one can experience a weight loss of up to 70lbs*. Please visit our sister site at for more information, or visit our office and consult with one of our surgeons to learn about the unique “belly balloon™”, and find out if one of these programs is right for you.

Is The Orbera™ Gastric Balloon Program At New York Bariatric Group Right For Me?

Are you looking for support in your weight loss efforts? With the Orbera™ gastric balloon, you can experience a loss of up to 70lbs* of excess weight. This goes a long way into jump starting your own positive and healthy lifestyle changes. The Orbera™ Weight Loss Programs do not require surgery, but do require consultation with your doctor at New York Bariatric Group, and thoughtful consideration on your part.

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The Orbera Gastric Balloon

When receiving your NYC or NJ gastric balloon, the balloon is placed into your stomach. The surgeon does this with an endoscopy, which is a thin medical device, that goes down your throat, while you are asleep. Once the deflated balloon is in your stomach, it is filled with saline. This filled balloon takes up room in your stomach, and will help you feel more full after eating less food. You will feel less hungry and have fewer cravings, assisting with weight loss.

How Long Does The Balloon Stay In Place?

The balloon is not a permanent device. It is left in the stomach for 6 months. During these 6 months, you will work with the team at New York Bariatric Group to make lifestyle changes that will help you lose weight. The 6 months of lifestyle changes, coupled with Orbera, go a long way towards jump-starting your positive and healthy changes. After 6 months, your doctor at New York Bariatric Group will remove the balloon the same way it was placed. You’ll be lightly sedated, and will wake up after the balloon has been taken out of your stomach.

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How Is A Gastric Balloon Different Than Other Weight Loss Programs?

The Orbera™ Managed Weight Loss Programs are one of a kind, and on the cutting edge in the weight loss industry. It is not a “diet program” per se, and not surgery or a diet pill regimen. Educate yourself on this weight loss option and hear about the success that other people around the world have had with the balloon. Our New Jersey and New York gastric weight loss balloons, Orbera™, are non-surgical. There is endoscopic placement of the balloon, but no cuts are made and no part of your anatomy is altered. The device is placed into your stomach, filled, and removed 6 months later. This is different from our other treatment options, which are all surgical and meant to be permanent.

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The other important facet of the weight loss balloon is that it is more than just a device. The Orbera Weight Loss Programs are one-year programs designed to support you through the initial 6 months of weight loss with the balloon, followed by another 6 months of support after the balloon is removed. This additional 6 months is important in terms of adjusting to eating without the balloon, and learning how to maintain your successful weight loss. The gastric balloons are recommended for patients with a BMI of 30 or higher, who have not previously undergone a bariatric surgery procedure of any kind, and who have never been diagnosed with eating disorders. They are not recommended for people who have a history of functional or structural disorders of the stomach, pregnant or lactating women, or people with a history of drug or alcohol dependency.

Virtual Aftercare

The New York Bariatric Group is proud to provide a virtual aftercare program to assist you on New Jersey or New York gastric balloon journey. We have a website portal, Android and iPhone app, where you can make your appointments with our nutritionist or fitness trainer at the time of your appointment. You just click a button from the comfort of your own home and you are instantly video connected to our staff. We also have a comprehensive library of prerecorded fitness and nutritional videos, unlimited messaging with our nutritionist, as well as live streaming group nutrition and fitness classes.

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How Much Weight Can I Expect To Lose?

Weight loss typically occurs more rapidly during the first three to six months of treatment, and patients can expect to lose 25-70lbs*, providing the program is followed correctly. New York Bariatric Group has helped thousands of patients lose weight and maintain that weight loss. Our team is experienced in the challenges bariatric patients face, and how to best help you make choices that will lead you to success.


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Note: A BMI of 30 – 34.9 or BMI 35 – 39.9 with no comorbidities qualify for lap band but is usually not covered by insurance.

Does Insurance Cover The Gastric Balloon?

No, at this time insurance will not pay for your Orbera weight loss balloon. We do offer financing options, so please talk to us about that if you are interested in this non-surgical weight loss procedure.

Next Step

If you think the weight loss balloon may be a good choice for you, the next step is to contact New York Bariatric Group. As one of the most experienced practices in the country at placing gastric balloons, we can help you understand the pros and cons of this treatment option. You can contact us here.

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*Weight loss results vary from person to person, see NYBG for a consultation.

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Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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