What is a Gastric balloon?
A laparoscopic gastric balloon is a non-surgical way to lose weight. It is done by inserting an oral silicone balloon with a medical endoscope. It is then filled with sterile solution to occupy a large area of the stomach and thus reduce the amount of food taken by the obese patient to reach fullness quickly.
The balloon creates a feeling of rapid fullness.
Who is the perfect candidate for a gastric balloon?
The best candidate for a gastric balloon is an obese patient who is overweight and under 30 kg overweight. Or BMI less than 30 kg.
Especially if he does not respond to diet regimens and sports in weight loss. However, the balloon is not suitable for obese patients with large weights.
Does a balloon procedure need to be performed under general anesthesia?
The answer is No, the gastric balloon is a non-surgical and easy technique that is done only with a simple hypnotic injection.
8 Advantages of a gastric balloon:
1- A non-surgical procedure performed orally by a medical endoscope without stitches or surgery.
2- Easy and quick procedure in 10 minutes.
3- Guaranteed results in weight loss provided that it is the suitable procedure for the patient.
4- You do not need a convalescence period, the patient returns home immediately after the procedure.
5- Lower cost than other weight loss procedures.
6- Easy to install and remove the balloon.
7- The probability of complications is lower than any other weight loss procedure.
8- It is installed only by local anesthesia.
How is the Gastric balloon performed?
A Gastric balloon is a silicone balloon that is installed with oral endoscopy. It is fitted empty and then filled with sterile solution which takes up space in the stomach to achieve the desired weight loss.
The balloon lasts for six months and some types for one year. It is then discharged and removed from the stomach.
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What is the predicted weight loss by a gastric balloon?
In some cases, a gastric balloon achieves a dazzling drop in weight, which can be as high as 40-50 kilograms. Of course, it is necessary to follow the doctor's instructions and follow a proper diet to achieve the desired result.
Are there contraindications to the gastric balloon?
Yes, there are some cases where the installation of a gastric balloon is not suitable, such as:
2- Cases of gastroenteritis.
3- Cases of gastric ulcers.
4- Cases of gastric tumors.
5- Cases of obstructive pulmonas.
6- Lovers of sweets and sugars.
Gastric balloon complications:
Like any weight loss procedure, there is a possibility of complications from the procedure even if it is a small percentage, such as:
- The possibility of gastric discomfort, vomiting and nausea in the first days after the balloon is installed, but they are symptoms that do not last long.
- The possibility of perforating the balloon during installation or removal.
- The possibility of balloon shrinking which is a rare symptom.
- Possible complications during the balloon disposal phase.
- The possibility of returning weight if the patient does not comply with the doctor's instructions and the required amounts of food.
- The possibility of infection or inflammation of the stomach after the balloon is installed.
- If the balloon is not removed after the specified period, it can be damaged by acid secretions in the stomach.
Gastric balloon... A step to help you:
A Gastric balloon is not the magic stick that will bring you down to the required weight without your efforts. But it's a helpful way to help you reduce your appetite and reach satiety faster. But of course it needs you to commit and not eat in bulk amounts more than the stage of satiety.
You also need to select healthy, non-calorie foods. Dr. Osama Khalil also advises that sports should be exercised regularly to maintain the results of the gastric balloon.
Gastric balloon... A step ahead for bariatric surgeries in some cases:
The Gastric balloon is a step ahead for bariatric surgeries in some cases of obesity and those with large weights. The gastric balloon contributes to a certain percentage of weight loss to facilitate bariatric surgery after that in some cases.
What is the appropriate age for a gastric balloon procedure?
There is no specific age conditions for a gastric balloon procedure that can be performed from the age of 10 with complete safety. It has been noted that the most common groups for gastric balloon procedure are the two poles of age i.e. young people and the elderly, because of their fear of bariatric surgery and the difficulty of surgical intervention for some older people due to the presence of many complications of age that prevent general anesthesia in bariatric surgery.
What's next for the gastric balloon?
Dear reader, you should realize that your stomach will have some changes in the first days after the balloon is installed to adapt to it.
From these changes, the possibility of some colic, vomiting and nausea. Dr. Osama Khalil therefore recommends that you take the medications prescribed by your doctor to reduce these symptoms. You should also know that they are temporary symptoms until the stomach adapts to the presence of the balloon inside.
The American balloon is the most famous in Egypt:
There are many types of Gastric balloons in Egypt, but the most famous, most commonly used and the oldest used is the American one.
It is authorized by the World Food and Drug Organization (FDA).
It lasts for six months, after which it must be disposed of from the stomach.
Diet after Gastric balloon (what will we eat after the Gastric balloon):
Don't be afraid of this phrase, it is not a deprivation of food or a strict diet. But it's just a system that helps you change your lifestyle to a healthy one. It includes taking pure liquids in the first week after the balloon is installed. Then mashed food in the second week. Then gradual eating until we reach regular meals but of course by reducing the amounts to keep the stomach from stretching.