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Gastric Balloon

The gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure designed to help individuals struggling with obesity. It involves placing an inflatable balloon into the stomach to create a feeling of fullness and reduce food intake. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require incisions or anesthesia. Once inserted, the balloon remains in the stomach for a predetermined period, typically around six months. During this time, patients receive dietary and lifestyle counseling to maximize weight loss. The gastric balloon offers a temporary solution to jumpstart weight reduction efforts and can be beneficial for individuals who have not had success with traditional methods or those seeking an alternative to surgery.

FAQ

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that involves placing a deflated silicone balloon in the stomach, which is then filled with saline solution. It helps promote weight loss by reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and inducing a feeling of fullness.

How is a gastric balloon inserted?

The insertion of a gastric balloon is typically done through an endoscopic procedure. A thin, flexible tube with a deflated balloon is inserted through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach. Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline solution.

How long does the gastric balloon stay in the stomach?

The duration that a gastric balloon stays in the stomach can vary, but it is typically left in place for about six months. After that, it is removed through a similar endoscopic procedure.

Who is a suitable candidate for a gastric balloon?

Gastric balloons are generally recommended for individuals with a BMI between 30 and 40 who have not been successful with traditional weight loss methods. It may be an option for those seeking a non-surgical approach to weight loss or as a temporary measure before considering other treatments.

What are the potential risks and side effects of a gastric balloon?

The placement of a gastric balloon is generally considered safe, but there can be some risks and side effects. These may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, acid reflux, and in rare cases, balloon deflation or migration. It’s important to discuss potential risks with your doctor.

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