Gastric Balloon Stories

by Sharon


Thanks in advance for taking my questions. I’ve been considering weight loss surgery, and I’ve been learning what the safest options are. I recently read a few gastric balloon stories and learned that the gastric balloon success rate is pretty good. Now I’m curious about this option because it’s safer than surgery and still works.

Before I gained my weight, I was actually pretty active and liked to do Crossift. I’d love to get back into Crossfit sooner than later. After I lose a few pounds and get back into the gym, do I have any physical restrictions with the balloons in? Are there any concerns about me being active… jumping around…. sprinting?

Hoping I can look as good as all the people in the gastric balloon before and after pictures!


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Surgeon Response To: Gastric Balloon Stories

by: Dr. Vafa Shayani, MD

I am happy for you for having decided to take the next step to feel healthier and happier. Balloons are very safe and generally, very effective. However, you need to keep in mind that they are in your body for only 6 months, during which you might lose 1-2 pounds a week or somewhere between 25-50 pounds for the duration.

After the balloon/balloons come out, unless your relationship with food has changed, there is nothing to stop you from gaining the weight back. I am not suggesting you should not consider the balloon; I am simply setting proper expectations for the durability of weight loss. And as for activity, generally speaking, you should be able to take part in any and all physical activities.

Don't hesitate to write back with additional questions.


Dr. Vafa Shayani, MD
Bariatric Institute of Greater Chicago

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