Intragastric Balloon





heliosphere® is a solution for patients suffering from obesity and whose condition does not justify a surgical intervention


  • Balloon filled with air, with 30 grams weight.
  • Tolerance and effectiveness proved.
  • Manufactured according to a patented process allowing better homogeneity of the walls thickness.
  • Simplified inflation without addition of saline solution.
  • Patented cover removal system, handy and safe.
  • Biocompatible.


The procedure involves filling an intragastric balloon within the stomach. The volume occupied promotes a sensation of satiety and weight loss. After inflating the balloon, the balloon acts as an artificial bezoar and moves freely in the stomach. The intragastric balloon system is a temporary device, which must not be used for a period of more than 6 months. It is designed to enable loss of excess body weight when the desired results have not been obtained from a supervised weight reduction program.



  • Double-bagged (air) balloon allowing reduction of its weight to improve patient’s comfort and to limit the risks of fundal foldings which could generate perforations.
  • Manufactured according to a molding process allowing better homogeneity of the walls thickness.
  • Biocompatible treatment of the material limiting the risks of porosity.
  • A covering system with a special stitching technique guaranteeing a safe cover removal.
  • Simplified and economical inflation without addition of saline solution.


  • Patients with obesity (BMI of 30-40) responsible for serious medical risks.
  • Patients with type 2 diabetes who are difficult to control because of body weight.
  • Patients indicated for obesity surgery (BMI greater than 40 or BMI less than 35 with serious physiological risks) who have contraindications for anesthesia or surgery or who refuse surgery.
  • Pre-operative use in cases of gross obesity in order to reduce risks from anesthetic and surgery by partial reduction in body weight.

In all cases, the implantation of the intragastric balloon must be accompanied by dietetic instructions and medical supervision.


This (non-sterile) device consists of:

  • a double-bagged intragastric balloon (air) made of polymer covered with a deflated silicone envelope, integrated in a protective covering.
  • an introduction kit pre-connected to the intragastric balloon, for the filling of air.

The balloon may be explanted using the (BAG-EXTRACT) extraction kit which is delivered in a separate packaging on request from the gastroenterologist. This is a single use system which is delivered sterile.


All of the materials used are biocompatible with the human body (norms NF EN ISO 10993).


To satisfy our customers’ needs, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, contact us at (514) 482-3456 or

1) How is the Heliosphere IntraGastric Balloon placed?
The Heliosphere IntraGastric Balloon is placed by gastroscopy (camera through the mouth) into the stomach for a period of approximately 6 months.

2) How is the Heliogast Gastric Band placed?
The HelioGast Gastric Band is placed laparoscopically (cameras through the abdomen) around the upper pole of the stomach under general anesthesia. It is designed for long term placement.

3) How do I know if I’m a candidate?
The Heliosphere is considered a ‘bridge to surgery’ for those patients who are candidates for gastric bypass yet present elevated surgical risks or would like to consider less invasive options. Obesity is defined as a BMI (Body Mass Index) > 30. Morbid Obesity is BMI>40. BMI is calculated as weight in kg/height in meters squared.

4) Who performs the procedure?
The Heliosphere Intragastric Balloon is placed by a physician trained in gastroscopy on an outpatient basis. The Heliogast Gastric Band is placed by a surgeon under general anesthesia.

5) How long does the procedure take?
The Heliosphere Intragastric Balloon placement takes approximately 10-20 minutes to perform. The Heliogast Gastric Band usually can be placed within an hour under general anesthesia.

6) Is the procedure reversible?
Unlike gastric bypass which changes the patients’ anatomy, the Heliosphere Intragastric Balloon is designed to be placed for approximately 6 months and then removed through endoscopy at which time it is hoped that the patient will have lost weight through the development of proper eating habits.

The Heliogast Gastric Ring is adjustable through a port located at the skin level and is fully reversible through laparoscopy.

7) What are the possible side effects of the procedure?
Most of the side effects noted in the literature, were noted with the first generation intra gastric balloons (introduced in the 1990’s) which were liquid filled up to 650 cc. As a result of their weight, they were found in a small percentage of patients to cause acid reflux, short term nausea and vomiting (especially in the first 15 days). Complications can include gastric erosions or ulceration and migration. With the new generation Heliosphere, these side effects and complications have been shown to be greatly reduced.

With the Heliogast Gastric Ring, side effects can include acid reflux, nausea and vomiting. Complications can include gastric erosions, and rarely obstruction. In general however, most of these side effects are short lived while the patients are becoming accustomed to the implants.

8) How much weight can I lose?
Studies with the Heliosphere IntraGastric Balloon have demonstrated an average weight loss of 15 kgs within 6 months in patients with a BMI above 30. In patients with BMI above 40, weight loss can reach an average of 30-60 kgs.

Contact Information

Canadian Institute For Laser Surgery
Queen Elizabeth Health Complex
Address: 2100 Marlowe ave, Suite 306 H4A 3L5
Phone: (514) 482-3456
Toll Free: 1-877-90-LASER

Canadian Institute for Laser Surgery

2100 Marlowe, suite 306     1-877 90-LASER