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When is the gastric balloon removed? – 2022

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When is the gastric balloon removed?

Gastric balloons are designed to stay in the stomach for 6 months. After 6 months they are removed by endoscopy.

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When is the gastric balloon removed?

Gastric balloons are designed to stay in the stomach for 6 months. After 6 months they are removed by endoscopy.

What are the advantages & disadvantages of gastric balloons?
As with weight loss surgery, there are benefits and disadvantages to gastric balloons.


It does not require surgery. It is quick and easy to install. It results in weight loss. It can lead to long-term weight loss when used in conjunction with a diet and exercise program. You can expect to lose between 20 and 50 pounds. depending on your initial weight and changes in your lifestyle.

Most patients lose about 30% of their excess body weight or 10% to 30% of their total initial weight.

You may feel full stomach faster and be less hungry while the balloon is in place.


Acid reflux is common and often an anti-reflux drug is prescribed. Nausea and vomiting are common in the early days. Vomiting after eating for the first few weeks is not uncommon. Stomach cramps are common.

Difficulty sleeping may occur. This may be related to indigestion or acid reflux at bedtime.

What weight loss will I have?

You can usually expect to lose between 20 and 50 pounds. How much you lose depends on your initial weight and your ability to implement and maintain a diet and exercise. It is imperative to continue the new exercise after the removal of the gastric balloon in order not to regain the weight.

Patients, according to studies, experienced an average weight loss of about 10% of their original weight. However, many programs report that their patients have an average of 15% to 20% total weight loss.

If you return to your old way of life after the balloon is removed, you will regain the lost weight.

How much do they cost; Are the prices affordable?

Gastric balloons are not currently covered by insurance. The cost ranges from 2,000 euros and up. Funding options are available. Call us and ask about costs and funding.

What do I need to know before the procedure?

You will be asked not to drink anything for 6 hours before the appointment and not to eat for 12 hours before the appointment. It is important to follow these instructions, as you may feel nauseous after inserting the balloon. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and depending on the type of balloon you choose you may be given a mild sedative or a mild anesthetic.

Your doctor will prescribe medication for reflux and nausea. Make sure you have them available when you return home.

Life with the balloon

Immediately after inserting the balloon you will feel some discomfort that can last from a few days to a few weeks. Some discomfort is normal, but you should report anything that feels abnormal or painful to your doctor.

During the first week after placement, most patients are not hungry. Some patients experience nausea that worsens with food intake. Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness. Men can lose 3 to 5 pounds during their first week. Women usually lose about 3 to 5 pounds during the first week.

Your appetite may slowly start to return during week 2. However, you should feel full after a very small amount of food.

During weeks 3 to 6 you will notice that your appetite continues to increase and your ability to tolerate more food will increase. You should continue to eat slowly, monitor what you eat and pay attention to signs of discomfort. Hiccups, acid reflux and nausea indicate that you ate too much or too fast.

During weeks 7 to 12 you should continue to lose weight, usually at a slower rate than the first 6. Try this time to maximize weight loss by focusing on healthy nutritious foods. Apply a sustainable exercise routine. Routine should be something that can be maintained for the rest of your life. If you can not go to the gym 3 to 5 days a week, then look for alternatives. You can do yoga. Can you walk every morning?

During weeks 12 to 26 you should focus on maintaining weight loss. It is important to learn how you can maintain weight loss by focusing on a healthy diet and a sustainable exercise program. A quality plan will give you access to your dietitian, support teams and other resources for one year after the balloon is inserted. Take advantage of these programs.

Make sure you take this time to change your diet and make habits. While exercise is important, you can not get over your fork! Focus on dietary changes that you can maintain.

Is a gastric balloon removed?

After 6 months the balloon is removed by endoscopy. You will probably take a mild sedative or a “light” anesthetic. The balloon is deflated and removed with a forceps that is inserted into the endoscope inserted through the mouth.

Life after the gastric balloon

You have lost your tool that helps you feel full on a fast stomach. But you have gained a better understanding of your body. You have gained some knowledge about healthy eating and have implemented a sustainable exercise routine. It looks and feels better. Now is the time to apply this knowledge and maintain your weight loss for life.

Successful patients focus on the following after removing the balloon:

  • Eat slowly.
  • Schedule your meals.
  • Some programs support 3 meals with a healthy snack in between (i.e. an apple etc).
  • Other programs support 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day.
  • Whichever option you choose, stick to it. Do not eat just because you are bored or watching a movie or on vacation or at a party. Watch your schedule.
  • Choose nutritious foods with nutrients.
  • Nutritional foods with nutrients are the opposite of processed foods. These are usually vegetables, fruits, meat and fish.
  • Eliminate fast food and sodas.
  • Continue a sustainable exercise routine.
  • If your exercise routine is so difficult that it is painful for days after the gastric balloon, it is probably not something you can maintain. Find something you can do 5 or more days a week to stay active.


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