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Intra Gastric Balloon?
Intragastric balloon placement is a weight-loss procedure
that involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in patient’s stomach.
This helps to lose weight by limiting how much he/she can eat and making the
person feel fuller faster.
Body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40
Willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes,
get regular medical follow-up and participate in behavioral therapy
Have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery
How does it
The intragastric balloon procedure is done in the endoscopy
unit as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be sedated for the procedure.
During the procedure, the doctor advances a thin tube
(catheter) loaded with the intragastric balloon down patient’s throat into
his/her stomach. Next, the doctor advances an endoscope, flexible tube with a
camera attached, down his/her throat into stomach. The camera allows doctor to
see the balloon as he or she fills it with saline.
The procedure takes about a half-hour. Patient can normally
go home one to two hours after the procedure is finished.
of Balloons Are Available?
There are two types of balloons which stay in stomach for 6
or 12 months. The decision of it made by patient and doctor. Short term balloon
is generally advised for patients who has digestive problems. In both types of
balloon procedure, patients may be given drugs that reduce stomach acid and
prevent nausea. 12-month balloons can be adjusted in size if needed.
happens after the procedure?
Pain and nausea affect about one-third of people soon
after insertion of an intragastric balloon. However, these symptoms usually
only last for a few days after balloon placement. These symptoms can usually be
managed with oral medications at home.
What to eat
after the operation?
Patient can have small amounts of clear liquids starting
about six hours after the procedure. The liquid diet generally continues until
the start of the second week, when you can start eating soft foods. You’ll
probably be able to start eating regular food around three weeks after the
Safe foods patients can consume are fish, chicken, meat,
egg, limited fruit, tea and linden. Forbidden foods are chocolate, pastry,
pies, acidic beverages and fried foods.
How does it
An intragastric balloon can make the patient feel more
full faster than he/she normally would, which often means he/she eat less. One
reason is that the intragastric balloon slows down the time it takes to empty
the stomach. Another reason is that the balloon seems to change levels of
hormones that control appetite.
The amount of weight person lose depends on how much you
can change your lifestyle habits including diet and exercise. Based on a
summary of currently available treatments, loss of about 7% to 15% of body
weight is typical during the six months after the placement. Total excess
weight loss ranges from 30% to 47%.
Permanent healthy changes in your diet, along with
regular physical activity and exercise, are necessary to avoid regaining
Remove Intra Gastric Balloon?
It is the same way as the placement of an intragastric
Who are the
experts of an Intra Gastric Balloon?
This procedure is performed by a general surgeon and
gastroenterologist who are specialized in the area of obesity. Having an expert
team and equipment is important for patient’s safety.
of problems can be faced after intra-gastric balloon procedure?