All treatment procedures are associated with risks for complications. Even though the risks are very small, everything will be done in order to reduce or prevent them. The risks include:
- Stomach ulcers (can be prevented by taking stomach acid medication).
- Diarrhoea or constipation (can easily be treated with different over the counter medications)
- Aspiration pneumonia (occurs relatively rarely)
- Perforation of the oesophagus or stomach (very rare)
- Acid regurgitation and heartburn (can be prevented by taking stomach acid medication)
- Puncturing of the gastric balloon and intestinal obstruction (takes place very rarely and is only described in the literature as individual cases)
You can read more about GastriBall’s scientifically documented effects here!