After the gastric balloon insertion it will be filled with saline/air. The balloon will partially fill the stomach to help a person feel less hungry så that he can consume smaller portions of good and still feel satisfied with the amount.
How is the procedure?
The balloon is inserted in the stomach through the mouth without the need for surgery. The doctor puts an endoscope into the stomach. If there are no abnormalities observed, the balloon will be inserted through the mouth and down the esophagus and into the stomach. The balloon will be filled in the stomach with a sterile saline solution/air through a small filling tube attached to the balloon. When it is filled, the doctor removed the tube by gently pulling the outer end after which the balloon is free in the stomach.
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.
Who is the gastric balloon designed for?
The gastric balloon is designed to help with weight loss for people who ideally have 10-30 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.
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.
What happens if the stomach balloon empties spontaneously?
The doctor will place a dye in the balloon called Methlyene blue. This vil 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 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 punctered and emptied. When the balloon is emptied, it 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 maintan will depend on how closely you follow your diet and long-term lifestyle changes.
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 nausea or vomiting for a few days after insertion. Our clinic will prescribe medicine to help minimize these potentiel side effects, but they may occur the first few days.
There is a possibility that you will only lose a small part of your weight. This, of course, depends on your commitment to the diet and your lifestyle.
Will I feel the balloon in my stomach?
There will be discomfort the first few days after the procedure. Afterwards, the gastric balloon will give you a sense of satiety.
How long does it take to recover after surgery?
You should plan at least three days inactivity to overcome the procedure. Afterwards, you will be able to resume normal acitivity, but it also depends on how fast your body gets used to the balloon.
Does the gastric balloon require check at my doctor 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 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 success.
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 balloon, you can continue your normal activities. It is highly recommended to start a regular training program for best results.
Can I drink alcohol?
Alcohol in moderation is fine.
Are there any food restrictions?
There are no food restrictions besides pasta that can stick to the balloon. In addition, if you eat fatty foods or candies, you may feel uncomfortable. Excessive overeating while the balloon is in the stomach may cause vomiting and may be dangerous.