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Inserting a Gastric Balloon Treatment

Inserting a Gastric Balloon

An intragastric balloon is a new kind of weight-loss process. A saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in the patient’s stomach, which helps them to lose their weight by limiting how much they can eat. It also makes the patients feel fuller faster than normal. This process is a choice if the patients are either overweight or obese, and exercise and diet haven't worked for the patients. Like any other weight-loss process, an intragastric balloon needs a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

Introduction

An intragastric balloon is a new kind of weight-loss process. A saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in the patient’s stomach, which helps them to lose their weight by limiting how much they can eat. It also makes the patients feel fuller faster than normal. This process is a choice if the patients are either overweight or obese, and exercise and diet haven't worked for the patients. Like any other weight-loss process, an intragastric balloon needs a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. The patients may be required to make permanent healthy changes to their diet and perform regular exercise to help thus ensuring the long-term success of the intragastric balloon procedure.

What is a Gastric Balloon?

A gastric balloon is an inflatable silicone balloon that is being inserted into the patient’s stomach. It works by making the patient’s feel full sooner so that they can eat less.

Why is the surgery required?

The placement of an intragastric balloon helps the patients lose their weight. Weight loss can lower the risk of some health problems which can be caused by overweight, such as:Page Image

  • Disease related to the heart and stroke
  • Blood pressure gets high
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type Two diabetes

An intragastric balloon and other weight-loss procedures or surgeries are being performed only after an individual have tried to lose weight by improving their diet and exercise habits.

Patients may consider the surgery as an option?

An intragastric balloon may be considered by the patient only if:

  • Their body mass index (BMI) lies in between 30 to 40.
  • The patient is willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle and regular medical follow-up, as well as participating in behavioral therapy.
  • The patients have not had any previous stomach or esophageal operation.

Intragastric balloons process isn’t the right choice for patients who are overweight. A screening process will help the doctor see if the process might be beneficial for the patients or not.

What are the benefits of a gastric balloon?

The patients should get improved eating habits for helping them in achieving long-term weight loss, but this depends on the people’s ability to keep to their new lifestyle. If the patients require a weight-loss surgery or any other surgery, having a gastric balloon should useful in preparing them. Long-term weight loss will help in most of the obesity-related health problems the patients may have.

Are there any alternatives to a gastric balloon?

The simple approach of losing weight involves improving the diet, eating less, and performing more exercise. Sometimes medication given to the patients by their GP can be really handy. There are surgical alternatives to a gastric balloon such as shortening of the patient’s digestive tract, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and gastric banding.

Is silicone used in ball safe?

Many of the studies have been carried out for finding out if silicone is safer or not. There is no evidence that supports that the people who have gastric balloons have a higher risk of developing diseases such as arthritis and cancer.

How to prepare for the surgery?

If the patients are going to have an intragastric balloon placed in their stomach, their health care team will give them certain important instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. The patients may be required to have various lab tests and exams before they undergo the surgery. The patients may be required to limit what they are drinking and eating, as well as which medications they are taking, in the time leading up to the process. The patients may also need to start a physical activity program.

What can the patients expect from their surgery?

The intragastric balloon procedure is being performed in the endoscopy unit as an outpatient procedure. The patients will be sedated for the entire procedure. During the surgery, the doctor advances a thin tube (called catheter) loaded with the intragastric balloon down into the patient’s throat and into the patient’s stomach. Next, the doctor advances an endoscope (a flexible tube which has a camera attached to it) down into the patient’s throat into the stomach. The tiny camera allows the doctor to view the balloon as the doctor fills the balloon with saline. The method takes not more than half an hour. The patients can normally go to their home several hours after the procedure has been completed.

How soon will the patients recover from the surgery?

The patients should be able to go home the same day as the surgery is performed or the day after. The patients may only be able to take liquids for a few weeks, then progressing to soft food and then, after about one to two weeks, to the proper solid food. The patients should be able to return to their work after two days or so, depending on how soon the stomach settles and what type of work the patients has. Regular exercise should help the patients to return to their day to day activities as quickly as possible. Before the patients start exercising, they must ask the healthcare team or their GP for advice. The doctor will be required to remove the balloon after six to nine months. This usually involves another endoscopy.

What are the risks involved?

Serious risks or complications after intragastric balloon placement and removal are very rare. There is a possibility that the balloon could deflate. If the balloon deflates, there's also a possibility that the balloon could move through the patient’s digestive system. This can result in the blockage that may need a further procedure. Other possible risks or complications include ulcers or perforation (hole) in the stomach, which might need an operation for fixing it.

Inserting a gastric balloon may help the patients achieve long-term weight loss if a simple approach involving improving the diet, eating less, and performing more exercise does not work.

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