Being overweight can be a hindrance to daily productivity and may reduce your self esteem. If you are overweight, you must have experienced the yo-yo effect of losing and putting on weight having tried several diets and weight loss programs, but all to no avail.
Understandably, you must also be wary of resorting to extreme measures like surgery. Now thanks to modern technology,medicine offers a non invasive solution that can help in the treatment of obesity– it is known as Gastric Balloon therapy.
What is Gastric Balloon ?
The treatment essentially involves a soft, expandable, silicone balloon that is placed inside your stomach via an endoscopic camera or gastroscope. This balloon once inserted, occupies a large part of the stomach and thus creating a feeling of fullness.
What is this non surgical procedure like?
Your doctor inserts the gastroscope into the stomach through the mouth, down the esophagus and into the stomach. Once inside the stomach, it is then filled with a sterile saline solution through a small tube that is attached to the balloon.
Believe it or not, the placement of the balloon takes only about 20 minutes and patients are generally discharged within two hours after treatment.
How much weight can I lose?
This treatment can help you lose between 10 and 30 kg. But it is important for you to remember that the intragastric balloon is only a tool to aid weight loss, and must be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how well you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes.
How long does the Gastric Balloon remain in the stomach?
The Gastric Balloon is usually placed in the stomach for a period of six months. If your doctor recommends using the balloon for longer, then it is necessary to replace the existing balloon with a new one once the six-month interval has been met.
Can the Gastric Balloon deflate suddenly?
This is a possibility but the procedure is well equipped to inform you if this happens. A coloured dye inside the balloon called Methlyene Blue helps you clearly identify early deflation or leakage, as it will change the colour of your urine to green. You can contact your doctor immediately to have the balloon removed.
How will the intragastric balloon be removed?
The balloon is removed in the same way it was placed, through the esophagus and mouth. Using an endoscopic camera, the balloon is punctured and deflated and then extracted.
Are there any side effects associated to this treatment?
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in your stomach might cause nausea or vomiting for the first few days after the procedure placement. But you will be recommended appropriate medication to help minimize these effects.
Can I feel the balloon in my stomach?
Apart from the discomfort during the first few days, the gastric balloon will only give you a feeling of fullness.
Do I need to make follow up visits to the doctor post treatment?
The aftercare program is critical to success of the balloon. Depending on your dietary and lifestyle program, it is recommended to meet with your doctor at least once a month for the first six months. During this time, your progress will be evaluated and you will be expected to follow your nutrition and exercise plan that provides the foundation for long-term success.
Are there any restrictions to what I can eat?
There are no restrictions although you will experience a reduced appetite. Excessive overeating while the balloon is placed in your stomach is strictly ill advised as it can prove dangerous.
Can I get a consultation at Euromed for Gastric Balloon treatment?
Why, yes you can!