The gastric balloon is placed in the stomach with an endoscope. No surgery is needed, and no scars are left behind.
Stomach balloon – a safe choice
Frequently Asked Questions
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How does the gastric balloon work?
The gastric balloon gives the person a feeling of fullness and makes it possible to portion the meal. The stomach balloon works by delaying gastric emptying, leading to the rate of stomach movement to slow down. It will take longer than normal for the digestion stage of the solid food and its ultimate delivery to the duodenum. This effect is especially obvious during the first three to four months when the gastric emptying is slower, and the sense of satiety is higher. After this period, gastric emptying starts to return to normal and the stomach adapts to the gastric balloon, losing most of its effect. Another mechanism of action that also contributes to weight loss is by restricting the space available for food and liquids. Most people would be able to achieve satiety with significantly smaller meals. This normally leads to succesfull weight loss and long-lasting healthier eating habits, especially when complemented with physical activity focusing on building more muscle mass. About 30% of weight loss involves depreciation of the muscle mass which contributes to slowing down of the metabolic rate and ultimately to a meager weight loss results. That’s why it would be conducive to a more succesfull weight loss outcome if the person follows a weekly exercise regime, focusing on strength training to replace the wasted muscle fibers. The effect of stomach balloon varies from one person to another, mostly due to the difference in people’s rate of gastric emptying. Those with an average rate tend to have more of a feeling of fullness than those with slower than average rate of gastric emptying.
Who is the gastric balloon designed for?
The gastric balloon is designed to help with weight loss for people who ideally have 10-50 kg weight to lose. The patient must have a BMI of 27 or above in order for the gastric balloon to be offered.
It is also used for people who are not suitable for other types of weight loss surgery. The use of gastric balloon may help reduce weight before surgery, reducing risks in surgical prodecures on obese patients.
For the consultation the doctor will guide you through 3 different gastric balloons and which type is best for you.
What happens if the stomach balloon empties spontaneously?
The doctor will place a dye in the stomach balloon called Methlyene blue. This will help you identify an early deflation or leak as it will change the color of your urine to green. If this happens, you must notify the clinic immediately so that the balloon can be removed.
How much weight can I lose with a gastric balloon?
It is important to understand that the gastric balloon is a tool to help support weight loss and should be used with a diet, exercise and a follow-up program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and long-term lifestyle changes. We have many weight loss sucess stories that are the results of both the stomach balloon and life style changes.
Will I feel the balloon in my stomach?
Does the gastric balloon require regular check ups after the procedure?
The follow-up program is crucial for the success of the balloon’s effect. You will be contacted by our trained staff for the first 6-12 months while you have the stomach balloon, and then every other month. When the balloon is removed, there will be a follow-up for another 6 months. During this period you will be evaluated on your progress and you will be thoroughly put into the principles of health, nutrition and training that will provide you with a foundation for long-term weight loss success.
Can I drink alcohol?
How is the procedure?
This procedure is performed by a qualified specialist gastroenterologist and trained care staff.
The placement of the balloon takes approx. 20 minutes after which the patient is monitored for approx. 1 hour and thereafter the patient will be discharged.
How long does the gastric balloon stay in the stomach?
The gastric balloon can be placed in the stomach for a period of 6 months (12 months for the Spatz balloon). If your doctor recommends using the balloon for more than 6 months, it is necessary that the balloon gets replaced with a new one.
How is the gastric balloon removed?
The gastric balloon is removed in the same way it was placed; through the esophagus and mouth. With the use of an endoscopic camera, the doctor will insert a catheter through the mouth and into the stomach. The balloon will then be punctured and emptied. When the balloon is emptied, it can be removed.
What are the possible side effects associated with the gastric balloon?
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach may cause abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting that usually last for a few days after insertion. Our clinic will prescribe medicine to help minimize these potential side effects.
However, a gastric balloon does not involve surgery, unlike gastric band, gastric sleeve etc., and is therefore considered safer. There is a slight possibility that you will only lose a small part of your excess weight. This, of course, depends on your commitment to the diet and lifestyle modification instructions.
How long does it take to recover after the procedure?
You should plan at least three days of rest after the insertion of gastric balloon. Afterwards, you will be able to resume normal acitivity, but it also depends on how fast your body gets used to the balloon.
Will the gastric balloon restrict my activities?
In the first week of the procedure you should not plan any heavy activities. Once your body has adapted to the stomach balloon, you can continue your normal activities. It is highly recommended to start a regular training program for best results. However, avoid martial arts (direct blows to the stomach), scuba diving and flying in an unpressurised aircrafts.
Are there any food restrictions?
There are no specific food restrictions, however, some people might get stomach discomfort if they eat pasta, fatty red meat, or broccoli, as they might stick to the balloon wall. Also excessive overeating while the balloon is in the stomach can lead to stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, and/or bad breath, and therefore should be avoided.
Safety of stomach ballons
Like all other medical interventions, gastric balloon procedure has its own risks as well. However, they are very rare, hence it’s still considered safer than the more invasive and expensive bariatric surgery (gastric band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass). It’s widely believed that the risks associated with overweight and obesity are higher than the very rare risks associated with this procedure. The gastric surgery is associated with a significantly higher rate of serious adverse events.
Overweight and obesity: the 5th deadliest conditions all over the world
Overweight and obesity are considered the 5th most dangerous factors that contribute to death in the world. People with excess weight, especially belly fat, are two times more at risk of developing heart diseases compared to people with no belly fat, according to a new study. It’s considered a medical condition that is linked to cardiovascular, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea diseases and certain tumors. A modest weight loss of at least 5% of excess body weight may improve people’s health prospect in relation to diabetes and other obesity-related diseases. Overweight or obese people who suffer from hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, migraine, arthritis, and some other diseases, can benefit from losing weight using gastric balloons.
Are you overweight?
- Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5
- Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9
- Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9
- Obese: BMI is 30 or more
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