Gastric balloon is an endoscopic non-surgical obesity treatment. A hollow balloon is placed in the stomach. The placed silicone balloon is inflated wit liquid or air. It aims to saturate the balloon in the stomach with less food. Weight loss of 10-15% of the body weight is aimed with an appropriate diet program after the application.
Advantages of Gastric Balloon
- It is a non-surgical procedure. It is applied by endosopic methods. Therefore, there is no pain that may occur during surgical procedures.
- It is easy to apply.
- Effective long-term weight loss is possible.
Disadvantages of Gastric Balloon
Some patients may experience nausea or vomiting in the first days. Gastric balloon can remain in the stomach for a maximum of 1 year. It should then be removed by endoscopy again.
Who can do it?
People with a Body Mass Index below 40, who have previously tried to lose weight with diet and exercise, but have not been successful, who do not need surgery, can have a Gastric Balloon.
How is it done?
The patient is sedated before the application. This is necessary in order to prevent discomfort caused by endoscopy. The balloon is placed with the help of the endoscopy device and inflated with the appropriate amount of liquid or air to the patient. The application takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The patient is discharged after resting for 1-2 hours.
Nausea and vomiting may occur after food consumption in the first week after administration. These problems go away after completing the first week.
As with all slimming attempts, nutrition and exercise in the Gastric Balloon are just as important as application. The patient has to follow his / her diet. It is important to eat frequently and eat less, eat foods that contain protein, and eat slowly and chewably.