Gastric Balloon procedure, which is also called intragastric balloon, is a weight-loss procedure in which a saline-filled silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach to make it fuller so that the patient will eat less and feel fuller faster. The balloon will be removed after 6 months. The patient will lose 10 to 25 Kg by doing gastric balloon procedure, but he/she should follow physical activity program and specific diet to remain thin.
This procedure is done when diet and exercise have not helped the patient to lose weight and the obesity is increasing the risk of health problems to the patient.
Before the gastric balloon procedure the patient will meet with the surgeon for an examination.
Since the gastric balloon procedure might not be the best choice for everyone who is overweight, the surgeon will explain the other options, such as the gastric sleeve ,gastric bypass, or gastric banding and recommend the best option to the patient.
Other general recommendations before the procedure are:
Gastric balloon procedure is an endoscopic bariatric therapy which means it is done through the use of endoscopy. The procedure is also done under sedation. Hence, the patient is conscious during the procedure but won't feel anything.
The surgeon inserts a thin tube (which is called catheter) loaded with deflated balloon down the patient's throat into the stomach. Also, an endoscopic flexible tube with camera will be inserted to the stomach to observe the procedure. The surgeon inflates the balloon inside the stomach then takes out the endoscopic tube and the catheter from the patient's mouth.
The patient can go home after a few hours. This procedure doesn't have any cut or incisions so the patient can easily go back to the normal life.
In gastric balloon procedure, a deflated balloon is inserted in to the stomach and then inflated.
Feeling pain in stomach, vomiting and having nausea or hiccups are normal for a few days after the balloon insertion.