The Gastric Balloon is a soft and expandable silicone balloon that is inserted into the stomach through the mouth without surgery and under sedation. The doctor performs an initial examination of the stomach through a gastroscope and, if he does not observe any abnormality, proceeds with the placement of the balloon.
Once in the stomach, it is filled with sterile saline, such that the balloon will already be too large to pass into the intestine and will float freely within the stomach. The doctor will then check that the device is in place, allowing you to return home after a few hours.
The balloon must remain in the stomach for 6 to 8 months, after this period it will be removed. During these months you must attend follow-up consultations. The removal of the balloon will be in the same way in which it was placed, using endoscopy under sedation. It should, therefore, be used in conjunction with a medically supervised diet and an eating behavior modification program.
Intragastric balloon is an adjunctive method designed to help weight loss with diet. Overweight people with a body mass index higher than 25 kg/m², who have a prior history of failed attempts of losing weight with diet and exercises, who lost their motivation to diet or do not prefer surgical interventions are eligible for intragastric balloon placement. In addition, this procedure may be beneficial particularly for those who are considered to be too overweight to undergo major surgeries. The use of the balloon to lose weight before a major surgery may help reducing surgical risks associated with overweight.
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