Dr. Rene Armenta, MD

Gastric Balloon Process

Obesity is a worldwide health issue—affecting millions. Traditional weight loss techniques like dieting and exercise may not work for all, making us think outside the box. Introducing gastric balloons performed by Dr. Armenta – a novel approach that reduces fat without the need for surgery.

Gastric Balloon Process

The Gastric Balloon Process, in essence, is a non-invasive weight loss method. It includes sliding a soft, inflatable balloon into your stomach – through the mouth using a slim tube with a camera for guidance called an endoscope. Upon inflation, it is filled with a saline solution and makes less space available in your stomach— inducing feelings of fullness and helping you to reduce your food intake.

The key benefit of this technique is that it’s a non-surgical outpatient procedure, so no surgical measures are required! Another significant benefit is that this balloon is not designed for long-term use; it is temporary and can be removed as necessary. Furthermore, the gastric balloon procedure tends to be more cost-effective than other weight reduction methods.

Orbera Gastric Balloon System

The Orbera Gastric Balloon System has made a significant impact in the field of non-surgical weight loss, earning considerable recognition and popularity. It was formerly known as the BioEnteric intragastric balloon and received FDA approval on August 5, 2015. It provides an excellent option for individuals seeking alternatives to surgical procedures or those reluctant to undergo surgery.


The deflated Orbera balloon enters your stomach via an endoscopic procedure courtesy of Dr. Rene Armenta. Once the Orbera Gastric Balloon System is positioned within the stomach, it is filled with a saline solution, causing the stomach to feel full. As mentioned earlier, the balloon serves dual functions: it reduces the available space within the stomach for food and facilitates an early sensation of satiety. This process essentially aids in limiting caloric intake by creating an immediate feeling of fullness. After around six months, another endoscopic operation is done to retrieve this temporary balloon.


Investing in the Orbera Gastric Balloon could cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $9,000, with the average expense around $6,000 in the United States. This estimated pricing covers pre-op check-ups, surgery charges, and routine check-ins post-surgery - all bundled together.

Spatz Adjustable Balloon System

The battle against obesity has sparked innovative solutions, such as the Spatz Adjustable Balloon System gaining popularity. Although it has not gained recognition in the American market, its international acclaim is undeniable. The exceptional flexibility and adjustability of the Spatz system distinguish it as an outstanding solution, setting it apart from its competitors in the field.


The procedure for the Spatz Adjustable Balloon System involves inflating a silicone balloon with saline via an extractable endoscopic filling catheter. This allows for an intragastric volume adjustment ranging from 400-800 MLS to improve patient tolerance and enhance weight loss. After implantation, patients may experience discomfort but can transition from a liquid diet to semi-solid and solid foods within a few days under Dr. Rene Armenta’s guidance.


Outside of the United States, the Spatz gastric balloon may cost between $4,000 and $7,000. However, these numbers are just estimates. Several factors can influence the cost, such as pre-existing health conditions, potential complications during the procedure, or specific administrative details - all play a role in determining the final price.

Obalon Gastric Balloon

The introduction of the Obalon Balloon in the field of medicine was similar to a groundbreaking breakthrough. Achieving FDA approval on September 8, 2016, the Obalon Balloon established its position as the first ingestible balloon system, eliminating the need for invasive endoscopic procedures. This approval highlighted its innovative contribution to weight loss solutions in the medical field.


The process of getting an Obalon in your stomach is as simple as swallowing a tablet. This balloon comes in a capsule that you can easily swallow, and once it's in your stomach, the thin tube attached inflates the balloon using gas. Over the course of weeks, more balloons can be added to your stomach, occupying more room as needed. This reduces how much food you'll want to eat without requiring surgical means. Combine this with a healthy diet and regular exercise (under guidance), and you're on your way to significant weight loss.


Opting for the Obalon procedure in the United States will cost between $6,000 and $9,000 - on average about $7,500. Be prepared for varying costs with gastric balloon procedures. Factors such as location, hospital choice, and the type of balloon can significantly influence the final cost.

Reshape Duo Balloon System

The ReShape Duo Gastric Balloon, also known as the “ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System,” is an endoscopic tool for handling obesity. It received approval from the FDA on July 28, 2015, making it a popular choice.


The ReShape Duo is made up of two linked balloons connected by a silicone shaft that fills up your stomach space. The Reshape Duo is inserted into your stomach through a simple endoscopy procedure with the help of mild sedation. After insertion, each balloon is filled with saline and sealed independently to ensure it maxes out your stomach space. This dual-balloon design not only magnifies the sensation of fullness but also guarantees a more secure and comfortable stay inside your stomach. With the implementation of this system, patients are naturally inclined to choose smaller food portions, leading to a gradual and consistent reduction in weight.


If you're considering investing in a ReShape Duo in the USA, be prepared to spend approximately $7,000. The actual cost may vary based on several factors, such as the pricing policies of different medical centers, regional cost standards, or unforeseen medical complications requiring extra care and attention.

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The gastric balloon is a non-invasive, surgery-free solution for dealing with obesity. Various gastric balloons are available, including Orbera, Obalon, Spatz, and ReShape Duo, each with unique characteristics and benefits. The cost of these procedures shifts according to balloon type, geographical area, and the experience of your selected healthcare team. Embrace a lighter, healthier future with Dr. Rene Armenta – reach out today to explore the most suitable gastric balloon options tailored just for you.

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