30/01/2023
Gastric Balloon

GASTRIC BALLOON: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – 2022

GASTRIC BALLOON: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The gastric balloon is a means of temporary weight loss. It is intended for people who have not been able to achieve weight loss, despite nutritional support.

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GASTRIC BALLOON: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The gastric balloon is a means of temporary weight loss. It is intended for people who have not been able to achieve weight loss, despite nutritional support.

Gastric balloon placement: who is eligible?

This technique is indicated for people who are overweight (BMI >= 27) or obese (BMI 30-35) who have been the subject of a first ineffective dietary support.

There are different models. This will be chosen in consultation with the surgeon and according to several criteria:

  • The weight to lose
  • The patient’s health profile
  • The wishes and needs of the patient

Operation of the gastric balloon

The gastric balloon creates a temporary reduction in gastric volume (see diagram above).

This reduction in gastric volume leads to a faster feeling of satiety. This sensation must be felt and listened to.

The placement of the balloon does not require surgery (or minimally invasive), so:

  • No scarring
  • No stitches
  • No scar

However, this technique should not be considered an easy way to lose weight, or a miracle intervention.

As with the other approaches, the patient agrees to change their diet and practice appropriate physical activity.

Who to consult for a gastric balloon?

The protocol evolves according to the type of balloon to be placed, and in relation to the comorbidities to be managed. It can be extended if necessary.

For a gastric balloon course of 6 months

You meet once with the surgeon, once with the dietitian and once with the adapted physical activity coach as part of the preparatory assessment.

You will be asked to perform 1 blood test and take a treatment 1 week before the operation.

For a gastric balloon course of 12 months

You meet once with the surgeon, once with the anesthesiologist, once with the dietician and once with the adapted physical activity coach as part of the preparatory assessment.

You will be asked to perform 1 blood test and take a treatment 1 week before the operation.

How is the intervention carried out?

There are 2 methods for placing a gastric balloon.

  • It is inserted through the mouth then the esophagus and inflated in the stomach (under local anesthesia). This is called a gastric fibroscopy.
  • Swallowed in pill form and then inflated in the stomach (without anesthesia) using a catheter and sterile saline water saline.

Installation time does not exceed 30 minutes.

The patient is hospitalized overnight, or monitored at the clinic for a few hours before returning home.

To leave the center, he must imperatively be accompanied.

The discharge time can be defined by the anesthetist after consultation with the medical team.

Eating well with a gastric balloon

This is an opportunity to learn new cooking techniques, to discover original recipes, foods that you did not know! Owl isn’t it?

  • 1st week after the operation: liquid diet
  • 2nd week after the operation: mixed diet
  • 3rd week after the operation: soft food
  • 4th week after the operation: normal diet

Or order the food protocol designed by nutrisens and follow surg. It provides your body with all the necessary nutrients in preparation or in support of obesity surgery.

Meals with a gastric balloon: the 10 rules to follow

  • Eat very slowly. Allow 30-45 minutes for a meal.
  • Put small amounts on the plate, cut small pieces.
  • Take small bites (about a teaspoon).
  • While chewing, puree your food.
  • Once the bite is swallowed, wait 20 seconds. This helps prevent vomiting.
  • Soft drinks (water, sodas, etc.) and effervescent medicines are strictly prohibited.
  • Do not drink during meals but 30 min before and after. Drinking during your meal can cause vomiting.
  • Stop eating from the first feeling of satiety. One bite too many can cause vomiting or stomach pain.
  • In the evening, respect a delay of 2 hours, without eating or drinking before lying down to avoid reflux at night.
  • Practice regular physical activity! 30 min per day or 3 hours per week

 

 

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