8 Key Features You Need to Know About a Gastric Balloon

A gastric balloon is a non-invasive, short-term weight loss approach, which creates a feeling of fullness even after a small meal. The procedure reduces your hunger and urges to overeat, which makes it successful at losing weight.

1. What Is Involved in a Gastric Balloon Procedure?

Local or general anesthesia is used during the procedure. A deflated silicone balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth. The procedure is done using an endoscope, which contains a light and camera on a thin, flexible tube. It takes a few minutes to complete and is usually painless.  When the balloon is in the right position in your stomach, it is inflated with gas.

After six months, the balloon is deflated and removed. The procedure helps people to lose 20 to 30 percent of their excess weight, but still, the percentage of weight loss varies depending on individual health conditions.

2. What Is the New Technique in Gastric Balloon?

The gastric balloon pill capsule is a new technique. You will swallow a capsule attached to a thin tube. When the capsule is at right position on your stomach, the balloon is inflated with the gas via the tube and then the tube is removed. Up to 3 balloons can be inserted into your stomach to help you achieve the weight loss you desire. At the end of the procedure, the balloons are removed endoscopically.

3. Who Is the Right Candidate for the Gastric Balloon Procedure?

The procedure is suggested for patients who want to lose weight without surgery or need to lose weight before surgery to reduce risks. The gastric balloon procedure helps you to lose weight slower than the surgical weight loss procedures. However, it is useful if you are not eligible for other surgical weight loss procedures. The balloon may be used for patients with a BMI between 27 and 35.

4. What Are the Benefits of the Gastric Balloon Procedure?

The benefits of the procedure include:

  • The procedure is non-invasive, so patients do not have to feel pain.
  • It takes only a few minutes and you can go home the same day.
  • The gastric balloon cost is less than other surgical weight loss options.

5. What Are the Complications of the Gastric Balloon Procedure?

Mostly, patients do not develop any complications after the surgery, but some patients may experience a few complications depending on their health conditions. The gastric balloon complications include:

  • Bleeding or perforation can occur when inserting or removing the balloon
  • Gastric discomfort
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heaviness in the abdomen
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Deflation or leakage of the balloon

6. Getting Prepared for the Procedure

Before the procedure, your surgeon will discuss with you the post-procedure instructions and diet. You should not eat anything for 12 hours or drink anything for 6 hours before the procedure.

7. After the Procedure

Once the balloon is inserted, you will need to follow a healthy diet, make necessary lifestyle changes and do exercises as recommended by your surgeon. This will help you achieve the weight loss you desire.

8. How Is the Gastric Balloon Removed?

First, the balloon is deflated and then pulled via your mouth with an endoscopic tube. Once the balloon is removed, your stomach will return to its actual shape and size.

Want to learn more about weight loss approach using a gastric balloon? Contact us at 907-276-3676. At Far North Surgery, Dr. Madhu Prasad and his distinguished team have a lot of experience in administering a weight loss regimen using a gastric balloon.

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Dr. Madhu Prasad, M.D., FACS

Dr. Madhu Prasad has over 30+ years of experience working as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist and providing the highest level of care in Anchorage, Alaska. He believes in providing quality care to patients and their families. Inspired by compassion and humanism, Dr. Prasad and his team work for the well-being of their patients.

General Surgeon Anchorage AK

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