What is a Gastric Balloon?
Inserting a Gastric Balloon, also known as Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon, is a short term & non-surgical weight loss alternative. It creates a sensation of fullness in the stomach.
Who is it for?
The gastric balloon is suitable for those:
Why Gastric Balloon Procedure?
Using a gastric balloon is relatively safe when compared to surgical methods of weight reduction, such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
How is it Performed?
The procedure is usually done as a day surgery procedure and under sedation. A balloon is placed inside the stomach via a gastroscope. Once inserted, the procedure results in a sensation of fullness. This generally helps reduce portion size and helps aid in a gradual reduction in weight.
It is recommended that the balloon be removed after 6 months.
A soft, round, inflatable balloon made of medical-grade silicon is placed inside the stomach via a gastroscope (camera) that enters through the mouth.
Filling The Balloon
Once inserted into the stomach, the balloon will be filled with sterile saline and can be kept in place for 6 months.
What to expect before and after surgery?
Get answers to some common questions
A: Upon insertion of the balloon, the balloon occupies space in your stomach and reduces the stomach cavity. This suppresses your appetite, and you will feel full more quickly and for a longer time. You will naturally eat less without having to try to.
For most patients, the intragastric balloon serves to kick start their weight loss journey. Thereafter, patients will have to play a part by eating a balanced diet and leading an active lifestyle to maintain their weight. During the first six months, with a strong support team, you will develop healthy habits such as portion control and exercise.
A: For the first three days after the insertion, you will have to consume a liquid diet to adjust to the balloon in your stomach. From the 4th to the 14th day, gradually add soft foods such as porridge and pureed foods. From the 14th day onwards, you can resume a normal and healthy diet. We recommend a diet that is low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates. Our team will be guiding you throughout your journey.
A: The Intragastric Balloon is suitable for those willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, and have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery. However, all patients are required to go through a screening process to help the doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you.
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