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.
Who Is This For?
The gastric balloon system aims to help overweight people who have not a serious health condition to lose weight. The gastric balloon also called an intragastric balloon, is a flexible and soft silicone sphere, which is inserted into the patient's stomach, through endoscopy, to achieve weight reduction in people with morbid obesity. Furthermore, this treatment can be particularly useful for patients considered too obese or at excessive risk for surgical weight loss treatments. Using this system to lose weight before an operation can reduce the risks associated with it. Both this procedure and the others that are performed to achieve weight loss in overweight and obese patients, it is essential to the comprehensive care and support of a multidisciplinary team that ensures the physical and psychological well-being of the patient.
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Success Rate: 75%
How Does it Work?
The procedure is simple and fast, lasts between 15 and 20 minutes and does not require hospitalization. Intragastric balloon treatment lasts 6 or 12 months. After this time, the balloon is removed with almost the same procedure. The average weight loss with the gastric balloon is between 20 - 25 kg. However, it is possible to lose more or less weight depending on the tolerance of each patient to the balloon and the consistency of the same concerning the diet that the medical team has designated.
What Does Gastric Balloon Treatment Involve?
1. Consultation for Gastric Balloon
The first step to start your gastric balloon process will be the online consultation. At this stage, our specialist will ask you some questions to define your problems and try to learn your complaints and requests first. The main target of this stage is to make sure whether you are a suitable candidate for a gastric balloon or not. Your health history, your allergies, medications you use currently, previous surgeries and your expectations about the process are the most important data to create the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
2. Planning Your Trip and Choosing the Clinic
At this stage, after it has been decided that you are the right candidate for the gastric balloon procedure, we will share the results of the clinic and surgeon; which we filter according to the criteria we receive from you. After you have made your selection, we proceed to the stage of date determination, trip plan and detailed adjustments.
3. Final Consultation with Your Surgeon
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your gastric balloon surgeon. During the first consultation with the doctor, he or she will ask you questions about the motivations that drive you to want to undergo the gastric balloon treatment, your medical history, and your current situation, to establish a general evaluation of your health. The doctor will explain how to perform the gastric balloon placement procedure and how it will be postoperative. Also, it will recommend a diet to follow before and after the procedure and will detail the follow-up it will need throughout the treatment. It will also explain the pros and cons of the gastric balloon and will be able to estimate how many kilos you can lose with this treatment.
4. Medical Examinations
Before the gastric balloon procedure begins, you will undergo necessary medical tests to make sure that you are in acceptable health status for the procedure. During this phase, the specialist will indicate any specialized tests (for example, blood or hormonal tests) aimed at identifying possible diseases related to overweight or obesity or risk factors and contraindications for treatment. Take this opportunity to expose all your questions and doubts to the surgeon. In some cases, the patient may also need psychological counseling, especially if the weight is related to an eating disorder. Every patient is required to undergo medical tests to ensure that nothing will hinder the success of the surgery and if any risk detected at this last stage, surgeons try to eliminate them first.
This treatment consists of introducing a medical silicone balloon endoscopically into the stomach. Before insertion, the stomach is examined through the endoscope to ensure that there is no ulcer or other disease that contraindicates its placement. This balloon is filled with a saline solution so that it can produce a limitation in the stomach capacity and help the patient to modify their eating habits and, therefore, to change their lifestyle.
What Is the Gastric Balloon For?
The gastric balloon is a silicone balloon that is placed in the stomach, to intervene in the satiety receptors and give the patient a feeling of fullness in less time, limiting food intake and causing weight loss.
How Much Weight Will I Lose with Gastric Balloon?
The proper rate to lose weight in any treatment for obesity should be around 1 kg a week. The degree of weight loss achievement will depend on the strict following of the post-operative diet.
Will I Gain Weight Again Later?
You will have a better chance of maintaining weight loss after removing the balloon if you maintain the habits acquired in your diet and eating behavior during the use of the balloon.
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