What is gastric balloon procedure?
Gastric balloon procedure, also known as intragastric balloon, is a weight loss procedure where a deflated balloon is placed in the stomach using an endoscope. Once the balloon is in place, it is filled with sterile saline solution, which expands the balloon and creates a feeling of fullness or satiety in the patient's stomach. The balloon is usually left in place for a period of six to twelve months, during which time the patient works with a healthcare provider to develop healthy eating habits and increase physical activity.
The gastric balloon procedure is generally recommended for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 and have not been able to lose weight through traditional methods like diet and exercise. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require any incisions or permanent changes to the digestive system.
The procedure may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as a history of gastrointestinal disease, previous gastrointestinal surgery, or liver or kidney disease. Additionally, individuals who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not undergo the gastric balloon procedure.
However, there are risks associated with the procedure, including nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort. As with any medical procedure, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if gastric balloon procedure is an appropriate option for your individual needs and circumstances.