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
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
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.
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
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
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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