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Endoscopic Therapy FAQs

If you’re considering endoscopic therapy for weight loss, we have answers to many common questions about the procedure and our program.

Can I keep the balloon in my stomach longer than six months?

No, the device must be removed after six months. We remove the device using an endoscope (thin, flexible tube) that we insert through your mouth and into your stomach. During this procedure, the physician deflates the balloon, then gently removes the device from your stomach, through your mouth. After removal, you continue to meet with your dietitian and behavior coach for six months, so they can support you in your weight loss journey and improved health.

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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