Frequently Asked Questions
After inserting the stomach balloon into the abdomen, it will be filled with saline. The balloon will partially fill the stomach to make you feel satisfied with smaller amounts of consumed food.
The balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth without the need of surgery. The doctor inserts an endoscope camera (gastroscope) into the abdomen. If no abnormalities are observed, the balloon is passed through the mouth and down into the esophagus and into the stomach. Inside the stomach, the balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution through a small filling tube attached to the balloon. Once filled, the doctor removes the tube by gently pulling on the outer end, after which the balloon lies freely in the abdomen.
This procedure is performed by a qualified gastroenterologist and trained nursing staff.
Placement of the balloon takes approx. 20 minutes, after which the patient is monitored for approx. 1 hour, after which the patient will be sent home.
The Abdominal Balloon is designed to help with weight loss for people who have 10 to 30 kg of extra weight to lose. The participant must have a BMI of 27 kg/m2 and above to be eligible for a stomach balloon.
Intragastric balloons are also helpful for people who are not suitable for other types of weight loss surgeries. The use of a balloon can help reduce a participants weight before surgery, thus reducing the risks associated with surgical procedures on obese patients.
The balloon is placed in the stomach for a period between 6-12 months, depending on how much weight you wish to lose, the type of balloon is also chosen according to that desire. If your doctor recommends the use of the balloon for more than 6 months, it is necessary that the balloon be replaced with a new one.
The stomach balloon is filled with a colored saline solution called Methlyene blue. This will help you identify an early deflation or leakage since the dye will change the color of your urine to green, Should this occur, notify the clinic immediately so that the balloon can be removed.
The abdominal balloon is removed the same way it was inserted; via the esophagus and mouth. Using an endoscopic camera, the doctor inserts a catheter through the mouth and into the abdomen. The balloon will then be punctured and deflated. Once the balloon is deflated, it can be grabbed and removed.
In the first week after the insertion of a stomach balloon, it is recommended that you do not participate in any heavy activities. Once your body has adapted to the balloon (after a week or so), you are free to resume your normal activities. It is highly recommended to start a routine exercise program to achieve better results.
It is important for you to recognize that the abdominal balloon is only one of the necessary tools for weight loss and should be used in conjunction with a diet and exercise program made for you by one of our experts. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depends heavily on how closely you follow that program.
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the abdomen to cause nausea and vomiting for 5-7 days after placement. Our clinics will prescribe medication to help minimize these potential side effects.
It is also recommended to take time off work during these 5-7 days.
There is a possibility that you will only lose a small portion of your weight. This, of course, depends on your commitment to your diet and lifestyle.
You will feel discomfort for the first few days after the procedure. After that, your body will adjust to the presence of the balloon, and you will start feeling satisfied with less food eaten.
You should plan at least 5-7 days of inactivity after the procedure. You can expect to feel low energy for up to 14 days after the procedure. After that you will be able to resume normal activity. This depends on how quickly your body adapts to the presence of the balloon.
It is not recommended to drink alcohol during the treatment period.
There are no food restrictions, even if you do not feel like eating as much as you usually do. In addition, if you eat fatty foods or sweets, you may feel uncomfortable. Excessive overeating while the balloon is in place can be dangerous.
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