GASTRIC BALLOON PROCEDURE

The gastric balloon treatment requires inserting an inflatable balloon inside your stomach, and it takes up a large part of it. Having the full balloon taking up a significant part of the space inside of your stomach leaves less space for the food you eat. Thus, as long as you have inside you, the gastric balloon will limit the amount of food you will consume every day. The results from this treatment of non-surgical and effortless weight loss mean you’ll lose weight without any diet or exercise. A doctor puts the gastric balloon inside you and fills it up with a painless, quick operation. The gastric balloon will help lose about 30lbs to 50lbs at the end of the 6-month cycle in which it resides inside you.

Who Can Have A Gastric Balloon?

In general, someone who has a body mass index (BMI) of approximately 30 to 40 will benefit from the gastric balloon procedure. If they find it incredibly difficult to lose some weight by diet and exercise, they would be activated by the treatment. However, you must not have undergone some kind of bariatric surgery in the past to perform the non-surgical operation that the gastric balloon is in. Bariatric surgeries change the stomach structure until it reduces its size. These modifications will prohibit the proper implementation of the protocol for gastric balloons.  

After your gastric balloon treatment, you must be able and ready to stick to a healthy lifestyle, too. The treatment would restrict the amount of food you are permitted to consume for six months. It is up to you to sustain your new weight after the doctor takes the balloon out. Good eating and exercise are a way out from there.

Gastric Balloon Procedure

The gastric balloon procedure is non-surgical which ensures that no incisions will be involved. Instead, the surgeon puts inside you the gastric balloon the same way you eat food, through your mouth. The deflated gastric balloon itself lies inside a very small capsule which is smaller than a normal pill. At the end of a very small, long tube that will go into your mouth, the doctor will lay the pills will to rest. That’s right when the capsule is attached to the thin tube, you cough it up.

The thin tube fastened to the end of the capsule reaches your mouth and goes down your throat. The thin tube moves down the nose, into the esophagus, then down into the lower esophageal sphincter to get into the stomach. When inside and securely in place, the doctor begins filling the balloon through the thin tube with a saline solution. The balloon is expanding and becoming bigger, many times its initial size.

The balloon gets big enough it won’t be able to move from the stomach to the small intestine. Therefore, it will live within the stomach and freely move back and forth inside it. Most significantly, however, the balloon will stay at full size, occupying a large portion of your stomach’s total capacity. In other words, the balloon would essentially minimize the amount of food you will consume daily. The restriction will help you lose between 30lbs and 50lbs in six months. The surgeon can safely remove the balloon from the body after that time.

Removal of Gastric Balloon Procedure

The gastric balloon operation, which occupies a large amount of your stomach, remains inflated and in place for tops of about 6 months. The amount of food you will potentially eat during that time will decrease significantly. The balloon remains in place, which makes you feel as if you are already very loaded. Although the amount you just ate is nothing compared to the amount, otherwise you would have eaten.       

When the 6-month duration is up and done, you will be going back to the office of the surgeon to get the balloon removed. The surgeon uses a thin tube somewhat similar to the one used to the implant it, in order to extract the balloon from the body. Once again, the tube goes into your mouth, down your throat, and continues to enter the stomach until the end of the esophagus. When the thin tube exits the stomach and inevitably comes face to face with the gastric balloon that has been residing there rent-free for the last 6 months, it deflates. To do so, the thin tube removes from its tip a short, retractable pictorial edge, and continues to close it and puncture the balloon.

The saline solution gradually spills out of the puncture wound, while the size of the balloon decreases rapidly. The balloon can quickly reach the lower intestine until it’s all deflated. During your next bowel movement, it will be chased out of your body and don’t worry, the saline solution is neither harmful to your body nor interferes in the least with your stomach. But, do not worry, there’s even a very tiny camera attached to the thin tube at the top. The doctor will see precisely how they puncture the balloon with it. But don’t think about taking anything more from them.