Gastric Balloons (sometimes called Intragastric Balloons) are one of the newer forms of weight loss surgery. Unlike most other types it is a temporary aid to help moderately obese patients lose weight as it is only in place for a maximum of six months before being removed .
The Balloon itself is made of silicone and is inserted via the mouth into the stomach using an endoscopic procedure. It is then filled with air or saline solution. The procedure takes about ten to twenty minutes and little or no sedation is required. Because of this most people only have to take a few days off work to recover and some even return the next day. However it's best to avoid strenuous exercise for two months following the surgery.
Advantages Of The Gastric Balloon
The balloon programme, by comparison, offers many distinct advantages over conventional diets and weight loss programmes.
With the balloon you will:
- Have a feeling of fullness
- Lose more weight than with other programmes
- Be supported by a team of medical experts
- Learn principles for long-term success
- No need for general anaesthetic so less risk of complication.
The gastric balloon is not a magic pill, but a tool to change your lifestyle. Taking part in the programme will give you the education and support to change your lifestyle habits and have a better chance for long-term success.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Weight Will I Lose ?
You can experience significant weight loss averaging between 15-20 kilos, however your results will depend on how well you follow the programme and adjust your eating habits.
Will I Be Able To Feel The Gastric Balloon In My Stomach ?
There will be discomfort during the first few days. After that, the primary sensation of the gastric balloon is a feeling of satiety or fullness.
Are There Side Effects Or Complications With The Gastric Balloon ?
The first 10 - 21 days can be very difficult. Cramping, nausea and vomiting are normal and should be expected. It is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and drink plenty of fluids. Medication will be available to help ease the discomfort.
How Is The Gastric Balloon Inserted In The Stomach ?
The gastric balloon is a soft, silicone sack that is inserted into the stomach through the oesophagus and filled with a sterile saline.
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