Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon

Many people are overweight but would prefer non-surgical options. The gastric balloon makes non-surgical weight loss possible.

The Orbera® weight loss balloon offers a simple way of reducing hunger sensations while cutting calorie in-take in the process.

Learn more about getting an intragastric balloon at the Plano, TX, practice of Dr. A. Joseph Cribbins III...

What Is a Gastric Balloon?

A gastric balloon is a balloon that is placed into a patient's stomach using an endoscope. When the balloon is in place, it is filled with a safe saline solution until it is approximately the size of a grapefruit. The balloon remains inside of the patient's stomach for six months until it is deflated and removed.

The balloon takes up considerable space in the patient's stomach, which limits the amount of food consumed and reduces feelings of hunger. The restricted calorie consumption helps patients burn existing stores of body fat, which promotes significant weight loss even in just six months' time.

FDA-Approved Weight Loss Treatment


In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Orbera intragastric balloon for non-surgical weight loss treatment in people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40.

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The Benefits of a Gastric Balloon

Weight Loss without Surgical Recovery

Getting a balloon placed will not require lengthy downtime or time off. Patients return home the same day without incisions or the need for prescription pain killers.

Less Expensive Than Weight Loss Surgery

While a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy are effective, they require a substantial investment. Gastric balloon treatment is far more affordable given the simplicity of the non-invasive procedure.

A Record of Effectiveness

According to clinical trials, patients with the Orbera® intragastric balloon lost 3.1 times more weight in six months than people who relied on diet and exercise alone.

The Procedure Is Reversible

If the balloon needs to be removed at any time before the end of the weight loss treatment, it can be safely and easily deflated and extracted without harming the patient's health.

Do You Offer Other Non-Surgical Weight Loss Solutions?

In some cases, Dr. Cribbins might recommend Dr. Andrew Khalil who is board certified in obesity medicine for FDA-approved prescription medications for weight loss. Currently, four types have been approved for long-term use: 

  • Bupropion-naltrexone (CONTRAVE®)
  • Liraglutide (Saxenda®)
  • Orlistat (Xenical®)
  • Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia®)

We will take several factors, such as your BMI and any preexisting health conditions, into account in order to find the best treatment for you.

"Wonderful, friendly, and professional." Helping Plano, TX, Patients with Weight Loss Needs


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I had a fantastic experience with Dr. Cribbins! He is warm and very personable. He takes time to answer all of your questions and concerns thoughtfully. Barbara, his medical assistant, is very helpful. Returning all of my phone calls and providing follow up to me promptly and professionally. His entire staff is spectacular!! You will be treated like an individual here and not just another patient. You won’t fall through the cracks or be forgotten here. Highly recommend!

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This office is the best all the way around. Staff is wonderful, friendly, and professional. Dr. Cribbins is the awesome, very calm, and relaxed. He answers ANY question that you may have, and your concerns. Very good bed manner. I recommend him to everybody that is looking at surgery or any kind of weight loss.

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About Orbera Non-Surgical Weight Loss


Developed by Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., Orbera is the leading gastric balloon system in the world. The Orbera gastric balloon provides a helpful alternative to weight loss surgery, and better results than other balloon systems on the market.

The Gastric Balloon Procedure What Patients Can Expect

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Initial Consultation

If your doctor recommends a non-invasive weight loss procedure, you can come to our Plano practice for a consultation. Dr. Cribbins will assess your situation and determine if you are a good candidate for a gastric balloon. The procedure date can be scheduled accordingly.

Placing the Balloon

A tube is placed into the patient's mouth and down their esophagus into the stomach. The intragastric balloon is then introduced into the stomach, with an endoscope (a small camera) providing live footage. Patients are placed under sedation to prevent discomfort and anxiety.

Inflating the Balloon

With the balloon in place, it is then inflated with saline. When inflated, the tube and endoscope are removed. The entire procedure takes about half an hour.

Returning Home

Placing a gastric balloon is an outpatient procedure. Since it's non-invasive and there are no incisions, patients usually return home an hour or two after the balloon is placed.

Diet After the Procedure

Patients will start with a diet of clear liquids for around two weeks after the procedure. Patients can introduce soft foods into their diet after the first two weeks, and return to full solids after three weeks have passed.

Removing the Balloon

After six months, patients return to our practice for the removal of the balloon. The gastric balloon is carefully punctured and deflated, and then removed from the stomach using a catheter and endoscope.

Continuing Weight Loss

Many gastric balloon patients lose around 15 percent of their excess weight in the initial six months. By sticking to healthy lifestyle changes and following your doctor's orders, long-term weight loss can range from 30 to 47 percent of excess weight.
Dr. Cribbins and Dr. McCalman

Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons, specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery and they are affiliated with a number of national associations, including:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

To schedule a consultation, contact us online, or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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