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What is Intra-gastric Balloon?

The intra-gastric balloon procedure is FDA approved for weight loss by helping to reduce caloric intake.

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Intra-Gastric Balloon

What is the Intra-Gastric Balloon?

Nova Bariatrics uses the FDA approved Obalon balloon system, which involves placing a balloon in the stomach. This helps you lose weight by making you feel full quicker and limiting how much you can eat. If exercise or diets have not worked for you and helped in achieving you weight loss goals then the balloon may be an option. This procedure will allow you succeed in your weight loss journey without feeling uncomfortable or weighed down. 

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Dr. Alibhai

With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:

  • Robotic Gallbladder surgery
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Acid Reflux surgery

Mustafa H. Alibhai,MD,FACS,FASMBS

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Side Effects & Risks

Side effects/ Risks:

  • Pain and nausea may occur after surgery
  • Can lead to other bariatric surgery
  • Ulcers
  • Balloon deflation 


  • Desire for smaller appetite
  • Decreased caloric intake
  • May improve or resolve co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease

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How does it work?

The balloons are delivered into the stomach through a pill that the patient can swallow. Then the surgeon can then inflate the balloon using a catheter that is attached to it.

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