Popularly referred to as a “gastric balloon”
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What is an Intragastric balloon?
An intragastric balloon is weight loss procedure that involves putting an inflatable silicone balloon filled with saline in your stomach. It helps to lose weight by restricting the amount of food you consume and makes you feel fuller quicker.
The procedure of an intragastric balloon may be a possibility if are concerned about your weight and your diet and exercise regimen hasn't been working for you.
Similar to other procedures for weight loss the intragastric balloon is a procedure that is an effort to live a healthier life. It is essential to change your lifestyle to a healthy and permanent way of living your diet, and do regular exercise to ensure that the procedure will last long. procedure.
It could be utilized as a standalone, non-surgical option to treat weight loss, or for patients who want to shed weight prior to surgery, in order to lower their risk of surgery. It can also improve liver or kidney function in certain patients.
The insertion of a balloon into your stomach is recommended for those who:
- There are significant health risks linked to obesity, like the body mass index (BMI which means you
can calculate yours here, w: www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ ) of
More than 35 (which could cause more than 35) (which could cause diabetes or fatty liver disease) more than 35 (which could cause high blood pressure, diabetes,
polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or arthritis)
- Inability to attain and sustain weight loss an supervised weight-control program
Program and previously given oral weight loss medications
- Do not want to undergo weight reduction surgery
- Do not qualify for weight loss surgery.
Since the balloon causes you to feel fuller, in order to reap maximum benefit from the treatment, it is recommended that you adhere to a low-calorie diet and remain in constant contact with the doctor nurses, dieticians and doctors
helping you during the time the balloon is there.
The doctor will conduct an exam (gastroscopy) which allows us to directly view the upper region of your gastrointestinal tract including the
- The Oesophagus (tube that food is able to pass through the mouth to the stomach)
- Stomach, and later into the first section of the small intestinal tract (duodenum).
It is possible to feel stomach discomfort following the time the balloon has been inserted with nausea or vomiting several days following the procedure. The discomfort should subside after one week. We'll provide you with medicines to manage the discomfort prior to your departure. Contact us if the discomfort persists even if you're taking these medications or if the pain persists after a week.
You will receive the medications listed below (the medicine that is listed below in brackets are the best).
often prescribed medicines to treat the symptom):
- Acid-reducing medicines used to treat stomach acid and indigestion when you have the balloon in position
- Anti-sickness tablets for one week after the time of insertion (ondansetron and metoclopramide)
- Medicine to lessen abdominal spasms and cramps (hyoscine butylbromide) for a week following the procedure.
It is essential to have these medications in addition to any other medications prescribed to you.
These medications can be discussed with you prior to you leave to your home.
It usually takes three days for the most severe of the symptoms to ease However, it may be longer.
You are not allowed to engage in any exercise until at the very least for 24 hrs following the procedure. You must also be careful about
remain in a moderate level of activity during the first 7 days following the balloon was placed.
Gastric balloons offer a viable alternative to bariatric surgeries in patients who have low BMIs. The majority of patients lose between 20 to 50 pounds in six months (about 10 % to 20 percent of their mass). Gastric balloons are effective and don't require surgery and can be put in place within minutes.