The Gastric Balloon procedure is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure where a soft yet durable balloon is placed in your stomach using an endoscopy and reinforces portion control, helping you eat less and lose weight. This procedure is an option if the patient is overweight and diet and exercise haven’t worked.
Gastric balloon is a surgery that treats patients with a body mass index greater than 30. The balloon is designed to give the patient a long-lasting feeling of fullness which results in a deceased amount of food intake and lose about 30% of excess weight in 6 months.
The procedure is a non-surgical weight loss procedure where the patient is lightly sedated and a temporary medical grade balloon is inserted through the mouth using and endoscope and then inflated with a saline solution.
The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and patients can normally go home after a few hours and are fully recovered after 3 days.
Six hours after the procedure, patients can have small amounts of liquid and will continue a liquid diet for 2 weeks then start to consume soft foods. Around 3 weeks, the patient can start to eat regular food.
The balloon is left in the stomach for up to 6 months and follow a medically supervised diet. After 6 months, the balloon will be removed using another endoscopic procedure.
After the balloon is removed, patients will continue to attend scheduled appointments on a regular basis in which support is provided and answering any questions or concerns that may arise.
Q: Is gastric balloon right for me?
A: Patients with a body mass index greater than 30, have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe apnea with serious weight-related health problems.
Q: How long is the hospital stay?
A: Patients can normally go home after a few hours
Q: How long is the gastric balloon surgery?
A: The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes.
Q: What are the advantages for gastric balloon surgery?
A: Gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical and less risky procedure that is not permanent. It is an effective weight-loss procedure with diet and exercise and patients experience an immediate fullness sensation.
Q: What are the disadvantages of gastric balloon surgery?
A: Gastric balloon procedure might be uncomfortable for some patients immediately after the insertion, very strict guidelines to diet and exercise, nausea and vomiting may occur in the early days after the procedure and the patient can develop an ulcer due to a foreign object inside the stomach.