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Endoscopic Therapy for Weight Loss

If you have struggled with weight loss, you now have another option. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, our weight-loss specialists offer a newly approved treatment that avoids surgery.

Our 12-month program includes a medical evaluation, device placement and removal, monthly group sessions, and personalized lifestyle counseling from a behavior coach and registered dietitians.

Why Choose Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital for Nonsurgical Weight-Loss Treatment?

We are among the few sites in the country — and the first in the St. Louis area — offering two options of balloon therapy for weight loss. Patients can choose either the single- or dual-balloon version of the device. Our physician inserts the balloon device through your mouth and into your stomach for a period of six months. This approach allows a wider range of patients to seek direct treatment than before, and comes with proven results for successful weight loss.

Washington University physicians at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital have extensive experience treating patients with the new devices after participating in clinical trials for the dual-balloon version. Our physician will help you decide whether the single- or dual-balloon version is right for you.

These intragastric devices are the first approved nonsurgical weight-loss treatment, achieving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certification in summer 2015.

Endoscopic Weight-Loss Therapy: Advantages

Benefits of endoscopic weight loss include:

  • Satiety: The balloon device reduces the space available for food, helping you feel full faster.
  • Eligibility: The procedure requires lower excess weight for eligibility, making treatment available to a wider range of patients
  • Greater weight loss: The therapy helps patients safely lose up to two to three times more weight than diet and exercise alone.

Watch these videos to find out more about how the intragastric balloon devices work:

Intragastric Balloon for Weight Loss: Our Expertise

Washington University physicians at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital have extensive experience treating patients with the new devices after participating in clinical trials.

Read more about the dual-balloon clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health website.

Intragastric Balloon for Weight Loss: Information Sessions

If you’re considering the intragastric balloon procedure, you must attend one of our information sessions. You can read more about the criteria to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure, and register online for the nonsurgical weight loss information session.

Learn more about what to expect, including additional components of our yearlong, comprehensive treatment program:

Contact Us for Weight-Loss Treatment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric physician, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis.

The Washington University Bariatric Endoscopic Therapy office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 100. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway. Get directions and maps.

Register for a Nonsurgical Weight Loss Information Session.

Join a Washington University gastroenterologist to learn more about this new minimally invasive endoscopic procedure. This event is free, but registration is required.

Washington University Physicians accepting new patients:

Vladimir M. Kushnir, MD
Daniel K. Mullady, MD
Dayna S. Early, MD


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