Dr. Hermes A. Pelayo


Tijuana, B.C.

Gastric Balloon

Starting Price: $3,500 usd

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A Gastric Balloon is a device that is inserted into your stomach to help you lose weight. It is a temporary and non-surgical procedure that can reduce your appetite and make you feel full faster. Gastric Balloons are not the same as gastric bypass or other weight loss surgeries, which involve changing the shape or size of your stomach or intestines. Gastric Balloons are usually used for people who have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, and who have tried other methods of weight loss without success. Gastric Balloons may also be an option for people with a BMI as low as 27, depending on their health condition and medical history.


The procedure of placing a Gastric Balloon involves passing an endoscope (a thin tube with a camera and light) through your mouth and down your throat. The endoscope allows the doctor to see inside your stomach and insert the balloon through a small opening in your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach). The balloon is filled with saline (salt water) or gas, depending on the type of balloon you have. The balloon can hold up to 700 cc of fluid, which is equivalent to about 20% of your stomach capacity. The balloon stays in your stomach for about six months, during which time it gradually deflates and moves up into your small intestine. This allows you to eat less food and lose weight.


The recovery from placing a Gastric Balloon is usually quick and easy. You may experience some pain, nausea, bloating, or gas after the procedure, but these symptoms should improve within a few days. You will need to follow some instructions from your doctor on how to care for yourself after the procedure, such as avoiding certain foods, taking medications, or doing breathing exercises. You will also need to continue making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating well, exercising regularly, and managing stress. These changes are essential for maintaining the weight loss results after the Gastric Balloon is removed.


To determine if you are a good candidate for Gastric Balloon placement, you will need to undergo some tests and evaluations by your doctor. These may include measuring your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, liver function tests, kidney function tests, heart function tests, lung function tests, sleep apnea tests, thyroid function tests, bone density tests, or other medical conditions that may affect your suitability for the procedure. Your doctor will also discuss with you the benefits and risks of Gastric Balloon placement compared to other weight loss options.


At Ciplastic, the starting cost for a Gastric Balloon procedure is $3,500 usd. Your final cost will depend on your specific individual needs.

Gastric Balloons typically last for six months, but they can vary depending on how well you follow the instructions from your doctor and how much weight you lose during this period. Some people may lose more than 10% of their body weight with Gastric Balloons, while others may lose less than 5%2. The average weight loss with Gastric Balloons ranges from 10% to 15%.

Like any medical procedure or device implantation surgery, gastric balloons carry some potential risks and complications, such as:

  • Pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux.
  • Balloon deflation: This means that the balloon loses its air content over time due to natural gas production in your body. This can cause abdominal discomfort, hunger pangs, or difficulty eating. Balloon deflation usually occurs within six months after placement.
  • Balloon migration: This means that the balloon moves out of its intended position in your stomach due to gravity or other factors. This can cause obstruction, perforation (hole) in your stomach wall, inflammation (infection) in your digestive tract, or leakage of fluid into your abdomen. Balloon migration is rare but serious. It requires immediate medical attention.
  • Overinflation: This means that the balloon becomes too full due to excessive gas production in your body. This can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas pressure build-up in other organs (such as lungs), difficulty breathing (dyspnea), chest pain (angina), heart attack ( myocardial infarction), stroke (ischemic stroke), pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung), pneumothorax.

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