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Non-surgical weight loss procedure

Weight loss procedure that does not require a hospital stay

Allina Health Weight Management offers a non-surgical weight loss procedure that might be right for you.

  • Two connected balloons filled with salt water are placed inside your stomach for six months. They help you feel less hungry, because the balloons fill up space in your stomach.
  • You do not have to stay in the hospital – you go home the same day.
  • The balloons are removed after six months by your doctor.
  • You also receive one year of support and education from a registered dietitian.

In a study, patients lost more than twice as much weight by having this procedure compared to losing weight through diet and exercise alone. Most people who have had the dual-balloon procedure keep the weight off or continue to lose weight even after the balloons are removed.


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What it is

In this outpatient procedure, two connected balloons filled with salt water are placed inside your stomach for six months. In this 12 month program, Allina Health Weight Management experts provide you with guidance, education and motivation for the support you need to create permanent lifestyle changes. The balloons are removed after six months.

Good to know

This procedure might be right for you if

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40, and you also have a medical condition (such as diabetes or high blood pressure).
  • No previous weight loss procedures or surgeries.
  • You are willing to make healthy, lasting lifestyle changes to support your weight loss.

What to expect

  • This is a self-pay procedure not covered by insurance.
  • Results and patient experience may vary.

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Source: Deborah Vanderhall, RN, program manager, Allina Health Weight Management
Reviewed by: Jayson Dock, MD, Allina Health Weight Management

First published: 10/11/2017
Last reviewed: 10/6/2017