gas_ballon_illThis procedure is very simple and does not require any surgical incisions or general anesthesia. The saline-filled balloon is temporarily placed in the stomach for a maximum of six months to aid the patient in feeling less hunger. This procedure is ideal for patients with less than 50 pounds to lose for ideal weight and a BMI of less than 35. The placement of the balloon is completed on an outpatient basis and usually only takes about 30 minutes.