A saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in your stomach during an intragastrical balloon implantation surgery to help you lose weight. This aids weight loss by restricting the amount of food you can eat and making you feel filled faster.
The swallow-a-pill innovation takes around 20-30 minutes. Intra-gastric balloons have been used as a weight-loss treatment for 15 years, but they must be implanted using an endoscope in a hospital setting while under general anesthesia.
If diet and exercise haven’t worked for you and you’re concerned about your weight, the intragastrical balloon treatment may be an alternative.
The balloon will deflate and be ejected after 6-12 months, and the patient may have dropped 15% to 20% of their body weight. Even still, balloons are thought to be a temporary remedy.
An intragastrical balloon, like other weight-loss operations, necessitates a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. To ensure the procedure’s long-term success, you must adopt permanent healthy dietary modifications and exercise on a regular basis.
The insertion of an intragastrical balloon aids weight loss. Losing weight can reduce your risk of developing major weight-related health problems. Patients with a BMI of 23.5 to 27.5 benefit the most from lifestyle adjustments. Patients with a BMI of over 32.5 can benefit from surgical alternatives.
An intragastrical balloon may be an option for you if:
– Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40
– You’re willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, get regular medical follow-up and participate in behavioral therapy
– You have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery
Intragastrical balloons aren’t the right choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help your doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you.
If you’re going to have an intragastrical balloon placed in your stomach, your health care team will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your procedure. You may need to have various lab tests and exams before your procedure.
You may need to restrict what you eat and drink, as well as which medications you take, in the time leading up to the procedure. You may also be required to start a physical activity program.
The intragastrical balloon treatment is performed as an outpatient operation in the endoscopy unit. For the procedure, you’ll be anesthetized.
During the procedure, the doctor guides a tiny tube (catheter) down your throat and into your stomach, containing the intragastric balloon. The doctor next inserts an endoscope – a flexible tube with a camera attached – into your stomach and down your throat. Thanks to the webcam your doctor can watch the balloon as he or she fills it with saline.
It takes around a half-hour to complete the treatment. You should be able to return home one to two hours after the operation is completed.
You 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 insertion of the intragastrical balloon.
An intragastrical balloon can make you feel fuller faster than you normally would when eating, which often means you’ll eat less. One reason why may be that the intragastrical balloon slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach. Another reason may be that the balloon seems to change levels of hormones that control appetite.
The amount of weight you lose also depends on how much you can change your lifestyle habits including diet and exercise.
According to a review of currently available treatments, weight loss of roughly 7% to 15% of body weight is usual in the six months following intragastrical balloon installation. The total amount of excess weight lost varies between 30 and 47 percent.