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Gastric balloon is an endoscopic non-surgical obesity treatment. A hollow balloon is placed in the stomach. The placed silicone balloon is inflated with liquid or air. The balloon in the stomach aims to saturate the patient with less food. Weight loss of 10-15% of the body weight is aimed with an appropriate diet program after the procedure.
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. Then it should be removed by endoscopy again.
Who can get it done?
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 for 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 procedure. These problems go away after completing the first week.
As with all slimming attempts, diet and exercise after the Gastric Balloon procedure are just as important as procedure. The patient has to follow his / her diet. It is important to eat frequently and less, eat foods that contain protein, and eat slowly and chewably.