The procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes, and requires only minor sedation. However, the balloons must be removed after six months or they may start to leak.
The results of balloon therapy are often two to three times better than dieting and exercise alone.
“We are really trying to aim for a 15 to 20 percent total body weight loss,” said Dr. Sullivan.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur says it is the only local hospital offering both types of balloon therapy.
To increase long-term success, patients are enrolled in the hospital’s Lifestyle Therapy program for one year.