Gastric Balloon Procedures

Gastric Balloon Procedures

A Gastric Balloon, or Intragastric Balloon, is a non-surgical, temporary weight loss option for individuals who need to lose a moderate amount of weight and have struggled with other weight loss methods. It involves placing a soft silicone balloon inside the stomach to create a feeling of fullness and restriction, which can lead to reduced food intake and weight loss.

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A surgical technique that reroutes the digestive system, it is a highly effective method for promoting significant weight loss. By reducing the absorption of nutrients and calorie intake, this innovative procedure leads to remarkable weight loss results for individuals struggling with obesity. The removal of a gastric balloon (intragastric balloon) after it has been in place for around 6 months or 1 year is a standard part of the procedure.

The balloon is intended to be a temporary measure to help with weight loss by promoting a feeling of fullness and reduced food intake. After the designated period, usually 6 months or 1 year, the balloon needs to be removed to avoid potential complications and ensure the patient's safety.

The removal process is typically less complicated than the insertion. A healthcare professional uses an endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera) to access the balloon in the stomach. The balloon is then deflated and carefully pulled out through the mouth.

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How is a gastric balloon inserted?

The insertion of a gastric balloon is typically done endoscopically, which means the balloon is placed into the stomach through the mouth using a flexible tube with a camera attached (endoscope). Once the balloon is in position, it's filled with a saline solution, usually after the patient is sedated.

How long does a gastric balloon stay in the stomach?

Gastric balloons are temporary devices and are typically left in the stomach for a period of around 6 months to 1 year, depending on the type of balloon used and the individual's circumstances.

What are the potential risks and side effects?

Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with gastric balloons. Some potential side effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and acid reflux. There's also a risk of balloon deflation, balloon migration, and in rare cases, gastric perforation.

How long does the package last?

The duration of the package depends on the medical recommendation and the type of gastric balloon used. Generally, the package includes the procedure, recovery time, and a vacation period that spans over a couple of weeks.

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