How does the gastric balloon work?
The gastric balloon works by providing an artificial feeling of fullness to the stomach to help patients limit excessive consumption and limit appetite.
Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness. For those who are looking for a non-invasive option, or who are not quite ready for surgery, medical procedures can be a great alternative. Balloon surgery, also known as gastric balloon surgery, may be right for you by offering a safe and comfortable way to stimulate weight loss in patients who are not eligible or are not interested in traditional bariatric surgery.
What is balloon surgery?
Balloon procedures are medical opportunities for safe non-surgical weight loss. Instead of surgically adjusting the gastrointestinal tract or using a device that connects the stomach, a gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach to mimic the effects of gastric tape or the gastrointestinal tract.
Balloon surgery for weight loss is not a real operation; the balloon is administered orally under local anesthesia and mild sedative intervention in a rapid outpatient procedure without cuts, cuts or scars. Unlike bariatric surgery, which requires time spent in the hospital to recover, the balloon insertion process takes 30 minutes or less, and patients can return home immediately thereafter. Balloons remain in place for six months, creating a temporary and easily reversible solution.
Gastric balloon surgery is ideal for those with a BMI of 30 to 40, which provides more flexibility compared to the more stringent qualifications required for standard bariatric surgery.
How does the gastric balloon work?
The gastric balloon works by providing an artificial feeling of fullness to the stomach to help patients limit excessive consumption and limit appetite. This practice can teach healthy eating habits, teach patients to reduce portions and make healthier life choices.
Gastric balloons are made of soft silicone and are placed in the stomach through the mouth. Once in place, the balloon is inflated with saline to the appropriate size for your body. The balloon is then left in the body for about six months, providing enough time to promote long-term changes.
At the end of the six-month treatment process, the balloon should be removed to minimize potential risks to the body. This is handled like an insert; your doctor will drain the saline from the balloon and remove it through your mouth. Recovery occurs immediately, and patients are free to return to normal life immediately after removal. After using the intragastric balloon, patients are advised to continue working with weight loss support groups and specialist appointments to increase the likelihood of further weight loss.
For best results, balloon surgery should be accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise.
How much weight can I lose?
For six months after the balloon is installed, patients can comfortably eat less, learn better dietary habits and make lifestyle changes that contribute to overall weight loss. For balloon surgery, the average weight loss is about 22 pounds. However, the results vary, and some patients may see either higher or lower results. Patients who continue to eat well and exercise regularly will see a steady improvement even after the balloon is removed, ideally continuing the upward trajectory to a healthy BMI.
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