stomach balloon

What is a stomach balloon?

Intragastric balloon placement is a weight-loss procedure that involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach. This helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat and making you feel fuller faster

Like other weight-loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You need to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the procedure

Who it’s for

An intragastric balloon may be an option for you if

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40

  • You’re willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, get regular medical follow-up and participate in behavioral therapy

  • You have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery

Intragastric balloons aren’t the right choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help your doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you

Surgery

How is a stomach balloon performed

The intragastric balloon procedure is done in the endoscopy unit as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be sedated for the procedure

During the procedure, the doctor advances a thin tube (catheter) loaded with the intragastric balloon down your throat into your stomach. Next, the doctor advances an endoscope — a flexible tube with a camera attached — down your throat into your stomach. The camera allows your doctor to see the balloon as he or she fills it with saline

The procedure takes about a half-hour. You can normally go home one to two hours after the procedure is finished

balloon stomach

How to behave after the operation?

  • You can have small amounts of clear liquids starting about six hours after the procedure

  • The liquid diet generally continues until the start of the second week, when you can start eating soft foods

  • Intragastric balloons are left in place for up to 6 months and are then removed using an endoscope

  • You’ll also meet with members of your medical team, such as your nutritionist and psychologist, frequently after your procedure

  • You may be able to start eating regularly three weeks after the balloon is inserted across the stomach.

Complications

Pain and nausea affect about one-third of people soon after insertion of an intragastric balloon. However, these symptoms usually only last for a few days after balloon placement.You can cure it with medicine

Risks

Serious side effects after intragastric balloon placement and removal are rare

  • It is possible that the balloon could deflate

  • If the balloon deflates, there’s also a risk that it could move through your digestive system

  • This can cause a blockage that may require an additional procedure or surgery to remove the device

  • Ulcers

  • hole in the stomach wall, which might require surgery to fix

Stomach balloon operation results

  • An intragastric balloon can make you feel more full faster than you normally would when eating, which often means you’ll eat less

  • One reason why may be that the intragastric balloon slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach

  • Another reason may be that the balloon seems to change levels of hormones that control appetite

  • The amount of weight you lose also depends on how much you can change your lifestyle habits

  • loss of about 10% to 15% of body weight is typical during the six months after intragastric balloon placement

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