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After inserting the stomach balloon, it will be filled with saline. The balloon will partially fill the stomach to help a person feel less hungry so that they can consume smaller portions of food and still feel satisfied with the amount.
The balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth without the need of surgery. The doctor inserts an endoscope camera (gastroscope) into the abdomen. If no abnormalities are observed, the balloon is passed through the mouth and down into the esophagus and into the stomach. Inside the stomach, the balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution through a small filling tube attached to the balloon. Once filled, the doctor removes the tube by gently pulling on the outer end, after which the balloon lies freely in the abdomen.
This procedure is performed by a qualified gastroenterologist and trained nursing staff.
Placement of the balloon takes approx. 20 minutes, after which the patient is monitored for approx. 1 hour, after which the patient will be sent home.
The Abdominal Balloon is designed to help with weight loss in people who ideally have 10 to 30 kg of weight to lose. The patient must have a BMI of 27 and above for the abdominal balloon to be offered.
It is even used for people who are not suitable for other types of weight loss surgeries. The use of an abdominal balloon can help reduce weight before surgery, thus reducing the risks associated with surgical procedures on obese patients.
The abdominal balloon can be placed in the abdomen for a period of 6-12 months, the period depends on how much you want to lose weight and the balloon is adjusted accordingly. Should your doctor recommend the use of the balloon for more than 6 months, it is necessary that the balloon be replaced with a new one.
The doctor will place a dye in the balloon called Methlyene blue. This will help you identify an early deflation or leakage as it will change the color of your urine to green. Should this occur, notify the clinic immediately so that the balloon can be removed.
The abdominal balloon is removed in the same manner as it was placed; via the esophagus and mouth. Using an endoscopic camera, the doctor inserts a catheter through the mouth and into the abdomen. The balloon will then be punctured and deflated. Once the balloon is deflated, it can be grabbed and removed.
In the first week of the procedure, you should not plan any heavy activities. Once your body has adapted to the balloon, you can continue your normal activities. It is highly recommended to start a regular exercise program to achieve better results.
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the abdomen may cause nausea or vomiting for 5-7 days after placement. Our clinic will prescribe medication to help minimize these potential side effects, but they may occur in the first few days.
For a period of 5-7 days, it will be a good idea to take time off from work due to the possibility of nausea.
There is a possibility that you will only lose a small portion of your weight. This, of course, depends on your commitment to your diet and lifestyle.
There will be discomfort during the first few days after the procedure. After that, the stomach balloon will give you a feeling of satiety.
You should plan at least 5-7 days of inactivity to get over the procedure. One can expect a period of up to 14 days after surgery with reduced energy. After that, you will be able to resume normal activity, but it also depends on how fast your body gets used to the balloon.
It is not recommended to drink alcohol while having a stomach balloon.
Are there any food restrictions?
There are no food restrictions, even if you do not feel like eating as much as you usually do. In addition, if you eat fatty foods or sweets, you may feel uncomfortable. Excessive overeating while the balloon is in place can be dangerous.