Gastric Balloon

ACCOMMODATION

7 Days

HOSPITAL STAYING

4 Day

OPERATION DURATION

1-3 Hours

ANESTHESIA

General Anesthesia

RECOVERY DURATION

2 Weeks

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What is Gastric Balloon?

The gastric balloon is a weight loss procedure that involves the placement of a saline-filled balloon into the stomach to suppress appetite and drastically reduce food intake. Also referred to as an endoscopic intragastric balloon, this is one of the methods currently in use to tackle obesity.

There are several types of silicone balloons used for this procedure, including a single silicone balloon, two connected silicone balloons, and a single adjustable silicone balloon. Apart from the saline solution, most of these balloons also contain methylene blue dye that turns urine green.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Gastric Balloon?

The gastric balloon is loosely considered as part of bariatric or weight loss surgery. It is typically indicated for people with a body mass index of 25 or more. If combined with exercise and proper diet, it can translate to significant weight loss.

This procedure has a high satisfaction rate among patients, with most of them achieving an average of 30% weight loss. With a consistent diet and exercise plan, the results of this procedure could become permanent.

What are the risks?

Risks and side effects vary by bariatric procedure. The following list is not all-inclusive, but briefly outlines the risks of the gastric balloon. Your bariatric surgeon will make sure you understand the risks and complications of your specific procedure.

  • Feeling imbalanced, similar to seasickness.
  • Heavy feeling in your abdomen.
  • Abdominal or back pain.
  • Acid reflux or indigestion.
  • Balloon rupture. This is rare and the balloon is usually expelled naturally.
  • Injury during insertion or removal of the balloon.

During the Procedure

You can share your concerns about weight loss. Our surgeon will share their thoughts with you too.

1- Needed Tests

Before the surgery, you will be examined but many experts and if you are %100 eligible both mentally and physically you will go through the surgery.

2- Anesthesia

During the surgical procedures, drugs are applied for your comfort. The operation is performing under general anesthesia.

3- Formation of Incisions

There is no incision in this procedure as it is performing in an endoscopic way.

4- See the result

You can see the weighing result of the gastric balloon immediately after the operation. But it will take a few months before you see the end in your body.

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What to Expect?

A gastric balloon should be performed in a hospital. It should be done in an operating room environment. You will be anesthetized during the operation and you will not feel any pain during the operation.

You should talk with your doctor in detail about the gastric balloon procedure. As a result, you should expect realistic results. Your doctor should be able to tell you correctly, and you should understand it well.

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What Should be done after surgery?

Starting about six hours after the operation, you will have small quantities of clear liquids. The liquid diet is normally practiced until the beginning of the second week when soft foods can be added. About three weeks after the gastric balloon is implanted, you should be able to resume daily feeding.

Endoscopes are used to cut intragastric balloons after they have been in operation for 6 to 12 months. A new balloon may or may not be inserted at that time, depending on the strategy devised by you and your doctor. Following the treatment, you’ll consult with members of your care team daily, including your nutritionist and counselor.

Result

An intragastric balloon will make you feel fuller faster than you would usually when eating, leading to you eating less. One explanation for this may be that the intragastric balloon delays the emptying of the stomach. Another explanation may be that the balloon seems to modify the levels of appetite-controlling hormones. The amount of weight you lose is also determined by your ability to adjust your lifestyle behaviors, such as diet and exercise.

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