A gastric balloon, also known as endoscopic intragastric balloon, is a procedure that involves inserting a soft expandable prosthetic balloon into the stomach to take up room and decrease the stomach’s ability to hold a certain quantity of food. The procedure results in making a person feel full faster and helps one to eat fewer servings, hence leading to weight loss.
The gastric balloon is intended to assist patients to lose weight when diet and exercise have failed, and surgery isn’t a desired option or a recommended one. With this weight-loss solution, a multidisciplinary team of medical experts that may include a gastroenterologist, general surgeon, diabetologist, psychologist and dietitian is needed to support the patient on his/her weight-loss journey.
The balloons available at Clemenceau include:
To be eligible for a gastric balloon procedure, patients must have a BMI of 30 to 40 and should not have undergone any form of weight loss surgery before. For those who need to lose about 30% of their body weight, the gastric balloon works best.
Patients who may need the gastric balloon procedure must adhere to a 12-month diet and exercise schedule in order to maintain a long-term weight loss.
Prior to the gastric balloon procedure, a diagnostic endoscopy is performed by the doctor before the surgery begins. This procedure involves inserting a tiny camera into the esophagus and stomach through the mouth. This is done to confirm that the anatomy is in a healthy condition, and that the surgery can be performed safely.
The soft silicone deflated balloon is then put orally through endoscopy or tablet ingestion. The balloon expands to about the size of a grapefruit after being inflated with saline. After two hours of recuperation, the majority of patients are discharged.
The procedure should not be applied to patients who:
Post-placement side effects of gastric balloons may include:
Rare side effects include:
Some of the benefits of a gastric balloon procedure include: