Gastric Balloon Surgery and Weight Loss: What to Know
What makes this procedure unique is that it does not require anesthesia to insert the balloon or a difficult procedure to remove it. The gastric balloon is completely reversible, unlike gastric surgeries, it does not change the anatomical shape of the stomach, and it is removed after six or 12 months, it is a short-term and very safe solution.
Gastric Balloon Surgery and Weight Loss: What to Know 2022
What are the advantages of performing the operation
What makes this procedure unique is that it does not require anesthesia to insert the balloon or a difficult procedure to remove it.
The gastric balloon is completely reversible, unlike gastric surgeries, it does not change the anatomical shape of the stomach, and it is removed after six or 12 months, it is a short-term and very safe solution.
Weight loss of at least 10-15% of baseline weight occurs within the six months following the placement of the balloon, and the amount of weight a person loses depends on their ability to change their eating and lifestyle habits.
As with other procedures that result in significant weight loss, the gastric balloon may help improve or resolve conditions often associated with being overweight, including:
- heart disease or stroke;
- Breathing stops during sleep.
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
What are the risks of a gastric balloon operation?-
Although the gastric balloon procedure is non-surgical and very straightforward, there are still some risks that can occur and you should be aware of:
It may be difficult to consume enough fluids, which leads to dehydration, and this problem usually disappears after the stomach adapts to the balloon.
Severe nausea, stomach cramps and persistent vomiting are usually normal and expected during the first few days after the operation.
Excessive balloon inflation
If the balloon is over-inflated, the person may suffer from stomach pain, vomiting, and difficulty breathing, and this problem usually occurs shortly after placing the balloon.
It is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, which occurs due to the pressure of the balloon on the internal organs, where symptoms appear days after its placement, and the only solution to this problem is to remove the balloon urgently.
The contents of the balloon may leak, causing it to deflate, and the deflated balloon may move through the digestive tract and may cause blockage.
Some stomach ulcers may occur due to the balloon’s irritation to the stomach lining.
Very rare, attributed to the excessive constant pressure exerted by the constant contact with the balloon itself, on the stomach wall, erosion and ulcers, or as a result of not following a healthy lifestyle such as a lot of soft drinks, but the greatest risk is for patients with a previous history of surgery stomach.
How is the gastric balloon removed?
The balloon removal process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, as it is removed using an endoscope orally, and the person must fast from food 48 hours before the operation, and fast from liquids 12 hours before the operation, and the person does not need to stay in the hospital after Removal of the balloon, and then it is recommended to continue exercising and follow a healthy diet, in order to avoid the return of weight gain.
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