An intragastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical treatment to help individuals lose weight. It works by allowing patients to feel full after eating a small amount and reduces the stomach’s capacity to hold food. A gastric balloon channels individuals looking for a temporary weight loss solution or if your Body Mass Index (BMI) defines that you need to lose weight before further surgery, such as a gastric bypass.
Although gastric balloon options will help you to lose weight, the best weight loss results are combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
Candidates in general are all obese people except for those with psychiatric problems. Obesity is defined as one whose body mass index exceeds 30.
Treatment with intragastric balloon is already being successfully, the outcome in all patients is a significant amount of weight loss. Clinical results show that two thirds of individuals maintained the weight achieved during treatment with the intragastric balloon, or continue to lose weight after the removal of it.
A surgical camera called an endoscope is passed down the esophagus, or gullet, enabling the doctor to visually make adjustments. A small balloon is inserted into the stomach using the camera. Once safely in place, the gastric balloon is inflated by adding a saline solution unless a specific model is filled with air.
Average Duration of Intragastric Balloon: 20-30 minutes. It is performed under a local anesthetic. Patients usually leave the hospital on the same day.